INEC Rejects Akpabio As Akwa Ibom APC Senatorial Candidate

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INEC Rejects Akpabio As Akwa Ibom APC Senatorial Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the primary which produced Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Akwa Ibom Northwest senatorial district.

DIG Udom Udo Ekpoudom (Rtd) and the immediate past Minister of Niger Affairs, Akpabio, had been laying claim to the Senatorial ticket of the party.

Ekpoudom on May 27, 2022, won the primary election for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District to clinch the APC ticket.

However, the State Chairman of the party, Stephen Ntuekpo, while citing security infractions in the May 27 primary in the district, claimed he was directed to conduct a fresh primary by the national headquarters of the APC on June 8, 2022.

The said primary produced Senator Akpabio as the winner of the primary election. He reportedly scored a total of 478 votes out of 512 accredited delegates.

But the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, said the commission would only recognize the winner of the primaries monitored by INEC.

“The primary was concluded on the 27th of last month, so I don’t know what you are talking about. The one that was conducted was monitored by INEC and the report has been submitted to Abuja. INEC is not aware of any senatorial primaries conducted on Thursday (June 9) that was monitored by INEC, none”, he stated.

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