Akpabio Wins Again Over His Senatorial Bid
An attempt by retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Udom Udo Ekpoudom, to truncate Senator Godswill Akpabio’s bid as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom State North West Senatorial District in the forthcoming General Election has hit the rocks.
This is as an Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice David Okorowo, on Friday, September 23, 2022, dismissed Udom Udo Ekpoudom’s suit against the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission, which suit was to compel his acceptance as the Senatorial candidate for the Akwa Ibom State North West Senatorial District.
The court upheld the preliminary objection filed by counsel to APC to hold that the failure to join Senator Godswill Akpabio as a party to the suit rendered the suit incompetent.
It equally held that the primaries that produced Udom Udo Ekpoudom was not authorized by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress but rather by a dissident state Chapter of the APC and therefore invalid.
The court held that any party primary organised by the state Chapter of a political party is invalid.
Udom Udo Ekpoudom was relying on an alleged party primary organised by a factional state Chapter of APC.
The APC was represented in the suit by Umeh Kalu SAN, Valentine Offia and Adekunle Kosoko, while Udom Udo Ekpoudom was represented by Victor Odjeme.
The counsel for APC commended the court for erudite judgment and stated that the judgment was in tandem with past decisions of the Supreme Court on the issues raised in the suit.
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