Court Dismisses Ekpoudom’s Suit Seeking To Be Listed As APC Senatorial Candidate

The Federal High Court has dismissed a suit brought by DIG Udom Udo Ekpoudom (rtd) on the authentic Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District in the 2023 General election.

Donatus Okorowo, the Judge, declared that the suit was lacking in merit and thereby dismissed.

The rightful Candidate of the Party has been subject to litigations since its Primary in May 2022. The party’s internal crisis made it conduct two factional primaries in May & June 2022 featuring Ekpoudom and former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godswill Obot Akpabio on different sides.

Akpabio, who participated in the Party’s Presidential Primary a week before he emerged winner of the re-conducted Senatorial Primary had been backed by the APC, a decision Ekpoudom challenged.

However, INEC, through Mike Igini, former Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner vide a report, insisted that Ekpoudom won the Primary on May 27, despite the APC NWC backing the man nicknamed the ‘uncommon transformer’.

In a list of candidates later published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the position was left vacant with neither names published.

INEC however bowed to a September 15 judgement declaring that the name of the former Governor, Akpabio be published in the final list.

In a judgment delivered at the Federal High Court (Abuja Division), Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1011/2022 – APC & Akpabio V. INEC, Emeka Nwite, the Judge, held that INEC had no rights to disqualify any Candidate forwarded by the 1st plaintiff, APC and ordered Akpabio’s name be published as the Candidate for the Senatorial District.

In similar fashion, Ekpoudom, on June 26, had approached the Court via Originating Summons: Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1000/2022 – Ekpoudom V. APC & INEC asking the Court to determine if his name shouldn’t be published having emerged from a valid primary, and did not withdraw for another Primary to be re-conducted.

Summary: Godswill Obot Akpabio is the APC Candidate for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.

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