The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected Senator Godswill Akpabio as the senatorial flag bearer of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) in a re-run primary for Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene) senatorial district.
Driving the news
Commenting on the news during a press briefing with newsmen on Sunday, the resident electoral commissioner for Akwa Ibom, Mr. Mike Igini, disclosed that the electoral commission is not aware of the emergence of Senator Godswill Akpabio in a re-run primary election on Thursday 9th June 2022.
- The INEC official further explained that the commission’s personnel monitored Akwa Ibom North-West primary election on May 27th 2022 and has submitted the result to its headquarters in Abuja.
Akwa Ibom’s State APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo, claims that the party’s National leadership asked the state chapter to re-run the senatorial primary election due to the insecurity that threatened the initially held election.
What you should know
- Senator Godswill Akpabio emerged as the APC’s senatorial flag bearer for Akwa Ibom North-West with 478 votes while his opponent, DIG Ekpo Udom (rtd) received 3 votes.
- The former governor who participated in APC’s presidential primaries stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who eventually won the party’s presidential ticket.