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Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District: Akpabio heads to Supreme Court over nullification of election

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Dissatisfied with the verdict of the Abuja Court of Appeal, ex-minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has said he would approach the Supreme Court to seek redress over the nullification of his election as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

This followed the ruling by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday ordering INEC not to recognise Akpabio as candidate for the election for failing to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules and being a presidential aspirant of the APC.

Sundiata Post recalls that Akpabio, who is also the vice-chairman, APC Presidential Campaign Council, said in a statement on Tuesday that he would file an appeal against the judgement at the Supreme Court.

“My attention has been drawn to the judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, directing INEC to delist my name from its list as the APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the 2023 election.

“It is instructive to mention that I was not a party in the said appeal, though orders were made against me and my interest.

“Whilst awaiting a copy of the said judgement to be made available to me and any other interested party, it is important to state that I am a lawyer by training and a law abiding citizen of this country and I am bound by our laws and judgements emanating from our courts including the one under reference.

“My lawyers on my advice and brief have commenced the scrutiny of the contents of the judgement as read, for the purposes of seeking appropriate legal redress. I am aware that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has the final say in these matters,” said Akpabio.

The former governor urged his supporters, APC members and his constituents to remain calm and law-abiding.

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