BREAKING: Court orders INEC to recognise Akpabio as APC senatorial candidate

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, as an All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate.

Justice Emeka Nwite in his judgment on Thursday, September 15, 2022, ordered INEC to accept and publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023.

The court held that INEC acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish Akpabio’s name, since it was sent to the election commission by the APC.

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Recall, INEC had refused to recognise Akpabio as a candidate because the commission did not monitor the APC primary which he claimed to have won.

Nigeria’s electoral law empowers INEC to monitor political party primaries.

Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, contested the APC presidential primary in Abuja, but stepped down for the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who emerged as the party presidential candidate.

It was reported that the crisis have contributed to the fractionalisation of the APC in Akwa Ibom State.

The APC, for now, does not have a governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom.

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