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Court Restores Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate for Akwa-Ibom Northwest

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish the name of Godswill Akpabio, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the 2023, Senatorial elections.

Justice Emeka Nwite, delivering Judgement, ruled that INEC, acted illegally for refusing to accept and publish Akpabio’s name even when it was sent to it by the APC as its candidate.

It would be recalled that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Godswill Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, had been listed by the APC as candidates for Yobe north, Akwa Ibom north-west, and Ebonyi south senatorial districts, respectively.

However, in the list published by INEC, Lawan, Umahi and Akpabio were said to have been excluded prompting the former Governor of Akwa Ibom to head to the Court.

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