2019 election: Akpabio petitions INEC over Akwa Ibom Northwest poll

2019 election: Akpabio petitions INEC over Akwa Ibom Northwest poll

Godswill Akpabio, a senator from Akwa Ibom state, has petitioned the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state over the results of the elections in the Akwa Ibom Northwest district.

Akpabio, a former governor of the state, represents the district in the Senate, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He contested Saturday’s election, hoping to return to the Senate for a second term but lost.

The senator, in the petition, dated Tuesday, February 23, and signed by his brother, Ibanga Akpabio, said: “We demand querying of card reader/recount of votes from all 10 local government areas of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district.

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''We call on INEC to fix a date for a rerun election in Obot Akara and announce the Essien Udim results."

The senator said it was unfair to the APC for the REC to single out Essien Udim’s votes for a recount.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement described Senator Godswill Akpabio as a man allergic to free, fair and credible elections.

This was the position of the group in a press statement sent to journalists by its leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam on Monday, February 25.

Prince Sam said despite Akpabio’s unceasing antics of oppression, the people of the state have kept their heads above ground by demonstrating to the senator that no leader can do without his followers, hence his failure at the poll.

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Reacting to the just concluded presidential and National Assembly’s elections in the state, he said Akwa Ibom people have taught Senator Akpabio a lesson he will not forget in a hurry.

In a related development, Senator Godswill Akpabio was reported to have been defeated in the race for Akwa Ibom north senatorial district.

Resident Electoral Commissioner Professor Peter Ogban revealed this in his declaration that Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party is the senator-elect of Akwa Ibom.

According to Ogban's declaration, Ekpeyong polled 118,215 votes to floored Akpabio who scored 83,158 votes.

Also, results for Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara federal constituency have been announced by Returning Officer Daniel Udoh as follows: Emmanuel Akpan (APC) - 22,052, Nsikak Ekong (PDP) - 29,849.

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