Senator Godswill Akpabio goes to court


The candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has approached the election tribunal sitting in Uyo to commence legal processes to challenge his loss at February 23 senatorial election.

The suit at the tribunal filed on the 16th of March by his lawyer, Mr. Sunday Ameh SAN, followed Senator Akpabio’s withdrawal of the case he earlier filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The case at the Federal High Court had sought to challenge his Senate re-election loss.

Akpabio is seeking to upturn the victory of Christopher Ekpenyong and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) based on perceived electoral irregularities which characterized the said election.

The former Senate Minority Leader, had while the election was ongoing, besieged the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), alleging cases of infractions and deliberate violations of the electoral law and guidelines during the senatorial election.

Ekpeyong having polled 118,215 as against Akpabio’s 83,158, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.