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Court Takes Decision In Favour Of APC In Akwa Ibom Election



The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has on Monday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election in the state.

Naija News reports that the tribunal Chairman, Justice A. M. Yakubu, also gave permission to the APC to serve Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and the PDP through substituted means.

The lead Counsel to Ekere and the APC, Chief Victor Iyenam, made this known in a statement obtained by Naija News on Monday where Iyenam said that the party will immediately paste the court processes at the PDP secretariat located around Four Lane in the Uyo area of Akwa Ibom state.

“What we got was an application for substituted service since efforts to service Gov. Udom Emmanuel failed.

“So, the court has granted us leave to serve the governor at the PDP office in Uyo. And then the other application is to inspect election materials.

“We will get to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office to obtain the documents as listed, inspect them and make photocopies, Iyenam said.

The election petition tribunal sitting in Uyo confirmed the receipt of 34 petitions from the election in the state.

The tribunal gave the details of the petitions as; two petitions from the Senatorial election filed by Sen. Godswill Akpabio of APC against Mr Christopher Ekpenyong of the PDP from Akwa Ibom North West and Mr Bassey Etim of APC against Sen. Bassey Akpan of the PDP from Akwa Ibom North East.

This News platform also understands that the tribunal also received eight petitions from the House of Representatives and 23 petitions from the State House of Assembly elections out of the 26 house of assembly seats.