- Minister Godswill Akpabio is defeated in the senatorial rerun just concluded in Akwa Ibom state
- The election was declared in favour of Christopher Ekpenyong, who earlier floored Akpabio
- Ekpeyong says his victory is light over the shame of darkness that had pervaded the state
It is an unfortunate day Sunday, January 26, for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom and Godswill Akpabio as it lost a bid to return to the Senate in a poll won by rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The election result was declared in favour of PDP's Christopher Ekpenyong against APC's Akpabio, who had earlier occupied the seat but was floored in the 2019 election.
Nigeria's electoral body discloses that Ekpeyong won the seat by beating Godswill Akpabio, a current minister of Niger Delta, by 134, 717 to 83, 820 votes to clinch the seat for the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
The result indicated that Akpabio only floored Ekpeyong in his ward where he polled 762 votes against PDP's 620.
Ekpeyong won in all the other wards of the affected area of the state.
Vanguard reports that Ekpenyong calls his victory over Akpabio an act of God.
An excited Ekpeyong said his victory had ended what he called the dark days of shame in the state.
“I thank God the giver of victory for seeing me through the entire political debacle since September 2018," he said.
Legit.ng reports that the APC was also trounced in the supplementary election conducted by Nigeria's election umpire in Bauchi for the House of Representatives.
The party was defeated by the ruling PDP in the state as its candidate, Hon Auwal Jatau, was announced victorious at the poll which was carried out on Saturday, January 25, for the Zaki federal constituency.
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