Akwa Ibom Electoral Loss: APC Considers Way Forward

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The All Progressive Congress, APC, is to meet soon to deliberate and decide on what to do about the recent Supreme Court judgement on the disputed Akwa Ibom governorship election.

The apex court on February 3 ruled that Udom Emmanuel, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Was duly elected as governor of Akwa Ibom State, upturning the verdict of the Court of Appeal, which had cancelled elections conducted in 33 local government areas and ordered a rerun.

Speaking at a meeting with APC leaders from Akwa Ibom State at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, its national chairman, John Odigie – Oyegun, said that the party was waiting for the Supreme Court to give reasons for its ruling before taking a decision on the matter.

At the meeting were the party’s governorship candidate in the election, Umana Umana, the state chairman, Amadu Attai, Board of Trustee member, Don Etiebet, as well as the national secretary, Mai Mala Buni.

“What is paramount is how to move forward on the situation that confronts us. We should reach conclusion that will guide us as a party in the months ahead,” Odigie – Oyegun stated.




     

     

    Speaking earlier, Umana again decried the Supreme Court verdict which he said was given in spite of overwhelming evidence of electoral fraud and violence presented to the court.

    The candidate observed that local and international monitors, including the United States Embassy, the European Union and the Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, concluded that the governorship poll in Akwa Ibom State was marred by widespread irregularities and violence.

    Gainst this background, we thought if we approached the court, we will get justice. We submitted over 350 exhibits including video proving electoral violence and malpractices.”

    “It was a case of double jeopardy. During the election our people were killed. We went to court and we could not get justice,” Umana said in dismay.

     

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