The Court of Appeal has upheld the election of Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In reaction to the judgement, Akpabio said, “My election has just been upheld by the Court of Appeal. Thank you Nigerians”.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Akwa Ibom North-west senatorial district, Chief Inebehe Okori, had challenged Akpabio’s victory.
Okori had approached the election tribunal challenging the conduct of the senatorial election and declaration of Godswill Akpabio as winner of the poll.
He also challenged the fact that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nominated the former Akwa Ibom governor as candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district in the 2015 general election and not Akwa Ibom North-East as written on his form by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
But he lost at the election tribunal as Justice Goddy Anunihu, in its ruling said there was nothing legally wrong with 205,519 accredited voters casting 444,505 votes which were declared for former governor Godswill Akpabio.
The three man panel comprised of chairman, Justice Goddy Anunihu, Justice A. O. Adebusoye and Justice A. M. Lamido.
My election has just been upheld by the Court of Appeal. Thank you Nigerians. #GA
— Sen Godswill Akpabio (@SenAkpabio) December 11, 2015