Friday, 11 December 2015

Senator Akpabio's Election Upheld By Appeal Court

The election of the former governor of Akwa Ibom state and the Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal contrary to earlier reports that it was nullified.

Sahara Reporters had reported that Akpabio was thrown out of the Senate because of what the court described as ”violations to the Electoral Act during the senatorial election between Mr Akpabio and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Inibehe Okori.’‘

Chat212 had expressed reservations on the report because of the timing as courts are not known to sit late in the night.

APC’s Inibehe Okori had approached the court challenging the judgement of the trial tribunal which upheld the disputed March 28 Akwa Ibom North West senatorial election in which Akpabio of the PDP was declared winner.

The three man Appeal Court panel had earlier  berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for what it says is ”it’s public display of partisanship and failure to remain neutral as an independent electoral umpire and wondered why the commission should cry more than the bereaved in the suit.”

Below are some reactions to the fake report by the official twitter handle of the Peoples Democratic Party:

Meanwhile, Senator Akpabio has tweeted about his victory in the upper court and he went ahead to thank Nigerians. See the tweet below:

Just recently, Mrs Uche Ekwunife, a PDP senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District was sacked by a Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu state.