Appeal Court orders rerun for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial seat: Akpabio vs Ekpenyang
Godswill Akpabio has won his case at the Court of Appeal with the court ordering a rerun in his local government for the senatorial election for Akwa Ibom North West District.
The former governor was first elected senator from the district in 2015 when he concluded his two terms as governor.
He was appointed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in July, serving currently as the Niger-Delta minister.
Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was initially declared winner of the election by INEC, but Akpabio challenged the decision at the election’s tribunal.
He lost at the tribunal and challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal, which declared a rerun on Saturday, effectively ending the long and tenuous battle for the senatorial seat