The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it does not recognise Senator Godswill Akpabio as the All Progressives Congress (APC) party candidate for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
It stated that the APC primary election conducted on 27 May 2022 was observed and recognized by the electoral umpire with rtd DIG Udom Ekpoudom emerging as the winner.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini said the commission only recognised DIG Ekpo Udom (rtd) who emerged winner of the primaries the commission monitored.
Speaking to our correspondent in Uyo on Sunday, Igini denied claims that the commission was represented and monitored the re-run APC senatorial primaries, where Akpabio emerged winner. The Trumpet Gathered
“The primaries was concluded on the 27th of last month, so I don’t know what you are talking about. The one that was conducted was monitored by INEC and the report has been submitted to Abuja.
“INEC is not aware of any senatorial primaries conducted on Thursday (June 9) that was monitored by INEC, none,” he stated.
The REC also affirmed that the APC has no governorship candidate in the state, saying the governorship primaries where Mr Akanimo Udofia emerged winner was not monitored by INEC.
With this development, it means APC has no governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom, while the North West senatorial district re-run primaries which produced Akpabio as candidate is null and void.
In the said primaries, Akpabio emerged winner with 478 votes, out of the 512 votes cast.
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