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Court nullifies APC guber poll, orders fresh primary in A’Ibom

By Isaac Job

A Federal High court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital has nullified the governorship primary election of the All Progressive Congress(APC) party held on 26th May 2022 in Akwa Ibom state.

In a suit number FHC/UY/144/2022, the former Aide to president Mohammed Buhari senator Ita Enang had told the court that the party primary claimed to have been won by Akan Udofia was characterized by several illegalities as the self-acclaimed winner was not a member of APC in the state.

But Akan Udofia argued that the APC had given him a waiver that qualified him to contest the party primary held on 26th May 2022 with attendant flaws and other forms of irregularities.

Delivering judgement on Monday the presiding Judge Justice Agatha Okeke nullified the APC primary poll and order the party in the state to conduct another credible primary within two weeks.

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Justice Okeke also dismissed the purported waiver granted Akan Udofia and ordered the party to conduct another primary in a fortnight where the authentic governorship flag bearer of APC in the state will emerge.

The Judge also ordered that the defendant Akan Udofia who claimed to have won the aborted primary election of APC in the state should not participate in the fresh party primary election.

It would be recalled that the purported governorship primary of APC in the state won by Akan Udofia was hijacked by party bigwigs such as Senator Godswill Akpabio on one hand and the camp of senator John James Akpan Udoedehe who later dumped the party for New Nigeria People Party ( NNPP) leaving the likes of Ita Enang, Atuekong Don Etiebet, Capt Sam Ewang among others.

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