- Senator Chris Ekpeyong is confident of emerging victorious in the rerun election in Akwa Ibom North West District
- The Court of Appeal recently ordered a rerun in the senatorial district folowing an appeal for Senator Godswill Akpabio
- Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, assured his supporters to remain calm while a date for the election is fixed
Senator Chris Ekpenyong representing Akwa Ibom North West District in the Nigerian Senate says he is not perturbed by the recent Court of Appeal ruling ordering a rerun in the senatorial district.
The senator said whenever the election is held, he will defeat Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of the state who contested the senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio has since gone on to be a minister in the Federal Executive Council after he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee the Niger Delta portfolio.
The Appeal Court stitting in Calabar had nullified the election that returned Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner and ordered a rerun in Essien Udim local government area within 90 days.
Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, assured his supporters to remain calm while a date for the election is fixed.
“I am very prepared to defeat him again in Essien Udim, let’s go to the field, he has to resign first as a minister in line with the provisions of the constitution.
“God gave me victory to salvage my people from deceit and poor leadership, and nothing has spoilt that victory,” Sen. Ekpenyong said.
He said with election in one local government area only, all focus and attention would be given to the election and there would be no room for manipulation and rigging.
“He brought war and federal might, but the people’s might and God’s mighty hand gave me victory. This is another opportunity for the gap of that victory to be expanded,” Senator Ekpenyong added.
Results obtained from the other nine local government areas show that Senator Chris Ekpenyong leads with 114, 973 votes while Akpabio has 76,917.
Akpabio who lost the election to Chris Ekpenyong by 83,158 votes to 118 ,215, had approached the Appeal Court to seek the order of the court to declare him winner.
Akpabio has to now decide whether to resign his recent appointment and pursue his ambition to return to the Senate or to remain as a minister.
Going into the rerun, Akpabio is expected to register a minimum lead of 38,056 margin to upturn the election of Senator Chris Ekpenyong.
Furthermore, the minister is expected to resign his appointment under the law to be eligible to contest election.
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