Court of Appeal upholds Akpabio’s victory

Senator Godswil Akpabio
Senator Godswil Akpabio

The election of‎ former Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio as a senator representing North-West senatorial district  was on Friday, upheld by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja.

Delivering its judgment, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal filed by the All‎ Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Inibehe Okori, positing that it was lacking in merit.

The Justice Moshood Oredola-led three man panel of the appellate court while ruling on the three issues raised by the appellant, said the although there was an error in one of the  nomination  papers which indicated that Akpabio stood for election for Akwa Ibom North-East, the mistake was however successful corrected in all other documents .

Justice Oredola also held that the oral evidence of appellants witness and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), successfully rebutted the case of non-qualification alleged by the appellant .

Furthermore, the appellate court held that the former governor met the requirements of  Section 65 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution, which clearly states that a person can only contest an election if he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party .

He stated that the evidence showed that there was no other candidate for Akwa-Ibom North -West senatorial district as such it is clear that nobody was deceived as to the candidature of Senator Akpabio.

Prompt News recalls that the Akwa Ibom State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, had in its judgment, dismissed the petition filled the APC and its senatorial candidate, Inibehe Okori.

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