Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Nomination Of Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate –

A go well with filed by Udom Ekpoudom difficult the submission of Godswill Akpabio by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district in 2023 was on Friday dismissed by the Federal Excessive Court in Abuja.

Delivering judgment, Justice Donatus Okorowo, held that the plaintiff’s motion was not justiciable, therefore, the go well with was incompetent.

Justice Okorowo, who mentioned that the matter bordered on the inner affairs of a celebration and never the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), held that the court docket lacked jurisdiction to entertain the go well with.

Mr Ekpoudom, a retired DIG, was the plaintiff within the case. He had sued the APC and the previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio as 1st and 2nd defendants within the go well with.

The lawsuit adopted the emergence of Mr Akpabio because the occasion’s candidate within the APC re-run major ballot held on June 8.

The state’s APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo, had mentioned he was directed by the occasion on the nationwide stage to hold out a re-run over alleged infractions during which Mr Akapbio had emerged winner with 478 votes, whereas Mr Ekpoudom received simply three votes.

Within the earlier major performed on Might 27 within the state, Mr Ekpoudom received the ballot, although the ex-minister didn’t contest, having vied for the APC’s presidential election during which Bola Tinubu emerged the winner.

Though INEC had recognised Mr Ekpoudom because the APC candidate for the senatorial district for the 2023 election, the APC submitted Mr Akpabio’s identify as its candidate.

The APC insisted on Mr Akpabio as its candidate, a state of affairs which prompted Mr Ekpoudom to problem the occasion in court docket.

Mr Ekpoudom, within the utility, mentioned he duly participated within the Akwa Ibom North West APC Senatorial District Major Election held on Might 27 and monitored by INEC in keeping with the 2023 election timetable and pointers of the APC.

He prayed the court docket to recognise him because the duly elected candidate of the occasion.

A brother choose within the FHC, Abuja, Justice Emeka Nwite, had on September 15 ordered INEC to simply accept and publish Mr Akpabio’s identify because the candidate of the APC for the 2023 Akwa Ibom North/West Senatorial District election.

Justice Nwite held that INEC’s refusal to simply accept and publish the identify of the ex-minister was in contradiction with the legislation, having acquired the identify from the APC as its legitimate candidate.

Mr Akpabio’s identify was included within the ultimate checklist of nationwide meeting candidates for the 2023 launched by the electoral umpire on Tuesday.

(NAN)

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