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Recognise Akpabio as senatorial candidate, court orders INEC

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Yakubu Mahood and Godswill Akpabio

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

The court ordered the electoral umpire to accept and publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023.

In a judgment on Thursday, Justice Emeka Nwite held that INEC acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish Akpabio’s name after it was sent by APC.

The PUNCH had on August 9, 2022, reported that INEC denied recognising Akpabio and Senate President Ahmad Lawan as APC senatorial candidates.

Both Lawan and Akpabio had contested the APC Presidential primaries.


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