Godswill Akpabio: Court Finally Gives Order to INEC for his Senatorial Ambition
On Thursday, a Federal High Court that was sitting in Abuja issued an order requiring the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to publish the name of Godswill Akpabio as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election to the Senate seat representing Akwa Ibom North/West.
Recall that the electoral commission removed the names of the current president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta issues, from its published lists on the grounds that these individuals did not take part in the primary elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insisted on Bashir Machina and Udom Ekpoudom remaining as the APC senatorial candidates for the districts on July 9, despite efforts by the ruling party to yield the tickets to Lawan and Akpabio.
However, in a judgement that was handed out on Thursday, Justice Emeka Nwite ruled that INEC’s position was unlawful.
The judge believes that there was no valid justification for INEC to reject Akpabio’s candidacy given that the APC had submitted his name to them as the party’s candidate.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has delisted over a million voters whose registration seemed to have been doubled.
The commission on Wednesday delisted voters numbering up to a million in various states across the federation.
Opposition party have hereby commended the electoral umpire for delisted voters adding that it observed that the list of delisted voters was filled with non Nigerians.
It further urged the electoral body to find the culprits and bring them to justice.
That is the latest NewsOnline Today on Godswill Akpabio’s Senatorial Candidacy