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Report On Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial Ticket Final – INEC Tells Akpabio

Akpabio, the fast previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs had emerged the winner of a re-run main carried out on the Skill Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated its choice on Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene) senatorial ticket is remaining.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barrister, Mike Igini made this recognized in an announcement on Tuesday.

He stated that the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission on the Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene) senatorial ticket is “final and cannot be reopened again,” including that Senator Godswill Akpabio has nothing to do about it.

Akpabio, the fast previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, emerged the winner of a re-run main carried out on the Skill Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene, having polled 478 votes out of 512 accredited delegates for the Election.

But talking on Tuesday on the Comfort FM information and Current Affairs programme monitored by our correspondent in Uyo, Igini stated the re-run main that led to the emergence of Senator Godswill Akpabio because the All Progressives Congress candidate for the district is unusual and unknown to legislation.

According to him, the May 27, 2022 main, which produced a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udum Ekpoudum (retd.), subsists as a result of it was not cancelled, neither was it rendered inconclusive. He added that Senator Akpabio’s emergence is nothing however a “Nollywood fantasy.”

Igini added that what he knew about Akpabio was that he was the presidential aspirant for the All Progressives Congress who stepped down for Bola Tinubu, including that, even when there was a re-run, it might solely be carried out for aspirants that participated within the first main.

He suggested politicians contesting the 2023 common Election to meticulously examine the brand new provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act as amended, in order to not proceed with the hope that issues had been nonetheless the best way it had been with the repealed 2010 and 2012 Electoral Act.

“By advantage of Section 31 of the 2022 Electoral Act, the one manner any individual could be changed in any type is that we now not have substitution by political {party}. What you might have now’s withdrawal by particular person or nominee and or dying.

“The legislation isn’t saying you need to go and kill folks with the intention to have your self on the poll. No. The legislation is saying that those that have emerged in any respect ranges as much as the presidential stage, you possibly can determine that you’re now not . You can write an utility signed by your self, delivered to your {party} who will now ship to INEC, however no person can shave the political head of one other individual in his or her absence.

“The report of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District APC main as submitted to INEC headquarters in Abuja is remaining. It is concluded. The practice has left the station. The timeline is evident. All those that are in politics ought to go and examine the 2022 Electoral Act very nicely.

“I hear folks speak about substitution. If you have a look at Section 31 and Section 34 of the Electoral Act, these of you who’re nonetheless carrying the outdated concept of the 2010, 2012 Electoral Act in your head, pondering you possibly can substitute wilfully, it’s now not so.

“Then number two is only in the case of death. Even at that, there will now be a fresh primary. This is the new law. So, what we are seeing going on is clearly a misnomer. The rerun can only be conducted between and among those who participated in the first Senatorial election of May 27, 2022 and the Senatorial primary for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District was not cancelled, was not nullified, was not inconclusive. It was conclusive, it was concluded and the report was written and it is final because you cannot reopen that anymore,” he declared.

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