The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting on the Apo, Abuja Judicial Division, on Friday struck out case by Senator Godswill Akpabio, following his defeat by former Deputy Governor, Engr. Chris Ekpenyong, within the National Assembly election for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
Akpabio, former Senate Minority chief was defeated by Ekpenyong, who polled over 118,000 votes as against his over 83,000. He additional filed a case in court with swimsuit no: FCTHCM268019, to hunt an order compelling INEC to overview the consequence.
But the presiding Judge, Justice Valentine Ashi on Friday dismissed the matter, following utility by the Counsel to Akpabio, Mr. Sunday Ameh (SAN), that the case be withdrawn forthwith. Akpabio’s lawyer knowledgeable the court on Friday that his shopper had resolved to withdraw the applying for judicial overview. Also talking, the lawyer representing INEC, Tanimu Inuwa, informed journalists that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the applying since it’s an election matter.
“When an individual requests for the enforcement of his proper via an order of mandamus, what it means is that when that request is granted, events are to remain proceedings till that proper has been enforced. ”
That’s what it means,” Mr Inuwa mentioned. Reacting, the senator-elect Ekpenyong recommended his kinsman for taking the proper decision to tug out from the case. He mentioned: “No man can challenge the divine mandate freely endorsed by the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. “Akpabio should demonstrate the good spirit of sportsmanship by willingly accepting defeat in good faith instead of overheating the polity by giving the people false impression of rigging during the contest”.
“In 2007, even when he rigged the elections and received, I, as one of many contestants accepted defeat and congratulated him.
“In 2011, I had performed every thing to go for Senate however he tricked me to step down for an additional individual, even once I and the previous Minister of Petroleum, Atuekong Don Etiebet, had knelt right down to beg then President Goodluck Jonathan, to present him (Akpabio) mushy touchdown to go for a second time period.
“When I did all of those, I used to be aware of the truth that there have to be one governor at a time and that was his personal time as designed by God. “So this present mandate for the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District has additionally been ordained by God for me to guide the people of my zone and to indicate them management path from the Red Chambers within the subsequent 4 years.
“We are a extremely Republican people. We don’t have what they known as Dynasty elsewhere. “In Annang ethnic nationality, management should evolve for the dividends of democracy to unfold throughout all of the 10 Local Government Areas that represent the Senatorial District.”
“Therefore, I’m assuring the people that I’ll run for just one time period of impactful and purposeful management that can guarantee each sides of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is touched by critical transformation and socio-economic growth”
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