- Two federal constituency seats in Akwa Ibom have been lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The seats, Abak/Etim and Ekpo/Ika and Eket federal constituencies, were lost by the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- The ruling was given by the presiding judge of the election petition tribunal in Akwa Ibom, Justice Jennifer Ijohor
The election petition tribunal has nullified the victory of two All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates who contested two Akwa Ibom federal constituency seats.
The tribunal on Wednesday, September 11, ruled in favour of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, The Nation reports.
The embattled seats are Abak/Etim and Ekpo/Ika and Eket federal constituencies which have now been given to Aniekan Umanah and Pat Ifon respectively.
The ruling that favoured the PDP was given by the presiding judge of the tribunal, Justice Jennifer Ijohor. The APC candidate who lost the seats were Emmanuel Ekon and Kufre Akpabio.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the national and state House of Assembly election tribunal, sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital on Wednesday, September 11 upheld the victory of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong as the senator representing Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
Newly appointed minister of Niger Delta, Senator Akpabio, the 1st petitioner had challenged the elections on the ground that Senator Christopher Ekpenyong was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the February 23, 2019 elections for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
Moreover, it was also argued that the election that produced Senator Christopher Ekpeyong as winner was invalid owing to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the elections.
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