- A federal high court in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, has sacked Akan Udofia as the APC governorship candidate
- The court ruled that Udofia did not qualified to contest the APC governorship primary in the state and ordered a rerun within the next 14 days
- Udofia will be the third APC governorship candidate whose primary election will be nullified in the last few weeks
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Uyo, Akwa Ibom - Akan Udofia, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 governorship election in Akwa Ibom state, has been sacked.
The court then ordered the APC to conduct a fresh governorship primary election in the state in 14 days, The Nation gathered.
Akwa Ibom state is the third governorship APC primary that the court nullified recently. The court had earlier nullified the primaries of Adamawa and Taraba states.
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A former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, challenged the victory of Udofia in suit number FHC/UY/144/2022 for alleged irregularities in the primary.
The senator also claimed that Akan Udofia was not a member of the APC in Akwa Ibom.
Udofia, in his defence, claimed that the APC had granted him a waiver, adding that was what qualified him to contest the primary.
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But Justice Agatha Okeke, in his judgment on Monday, November 14, nullified the primary and asked the party to conduct a fresh primary in two weeks.
The judge also dismissed the claimed waiver granted to Udofia and stopped him from participating in the new primary.
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The All Progressives Congress is yet to know its fates in Adamawa and Taraba states over the continued litigations against their governorship primaries in the states.
Six months after the leading political parties conducted their governorship primaries, litigations have kept their fate dangling in the 2023 governorship election.
The APC primaries in the two states have been nullified, and the party is yet to know what would come out of the appeal.