- Godswill Akpabio Is not willing to forfeit his election as the APC candidate for Akwa Ibom Northwest senatorial district
- This is why the former minister of Niger Delta Affairs has decided to head to the Supreme Court to secure the APC's ticket for the office
- The Court of Appeal had voided the former governor's election who stepped down from the presidential race at the APC primary
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The former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has decided to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal which nullified his election as the candidate for Akwa Ibom Northwest senatorial district.
Akpabio is running for the office on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He will be heading to the Supreme Court soon to get the appellate court's ruling against his election voided, The Nation reports.
2023 election: Court of Appeal sacks Akpabio
The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of Federal High Court Abuja, removing Godswill Akpabio as the All Progressives Congress candidate for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
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A three-member panel of justices read by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday, November 14, held that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.
The panel further ruled that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.
How Akpabia won in Federal High Court
A Federal High Court in Abuja had on September 22 asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the candidate nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.
The lower court had directed that INEC accepts the former minister as the APC flagbearer.
Court sacks Akan Udofia as APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom
In a related development, Akan Udofia, the governorship candidate of the APC in Akwa Ibom state, had been sacked.
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state, ruled that Udofia did not qualify to contest the APC governorship primary election in the state.