Disgruntled Godswill Akpabio Of Akwa Ibom State Goes To Election Tribunal
ANot happy with the outcome of the elections, and determined to prove that he is the winner in the legislative elections, former governor of Akwa Ibom State and former Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, submitted his petitions to the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Uyo, the state capital, on Monday.
Akpabio is seeking the validation of the senatorial polls results, in a surprise move, days after the withdrawal of the case he had earlier filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, which sought to challenge the said Senatorial elections results for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the February 23 senatorial election.
Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, made this disclosure to newsmen in Uyo and said S. Ahmed (SAN), counsel to Senator Akpabio, submitted the petitions to the panel sitting at a High Court on Metro Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Satruday.
Senator Akpabio, was the senatorial candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and wants the tribunal to upturn the victory of the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Christopher Ekpenyong, following alleged electoral irregularities, which he claimed happened during the said election.
The former Senate Minority Leader had, stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Uyo, complaining of alleged infractions and deliberate violations of the electoral laws and guidelines during the said senatorial election. Meanwhile, same Akpabio was also wholly accused by party agents, and international observers of committing several election-related offences.
INEC had announced the results, declaring Mr. Ekpeyong and his party, the PDP, winner of the poll, having scored 118,215 votes, as against Akpabio who secured only 83,158 votes.
But Senator Akpabio claimed that “incontrovertible result sheets from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, showed different figures that I secured 138,256 votes, as against Ekpeyong’s 123,843 votes.”
“We are not satisfied with the results and outcome of that election; that is why the former governor and the party approached the Election Petition Tribunal to ventilate their grievances, as well as reclaim their stolen mandate” Ekong had said.