Akwa Ibom Senatorial Poll: Akpabio Loses To Ekpenyong At Tribunal

APC Has Been Able To Manage Security Better Than PDP, Says Akpabio

 

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has lost the Akwa Ibom Senatorial bid to Senator Christopher Ekpenyong.

The National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal, sitting in Uyo, upheld the victory of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the February 23 elections as the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District at the Senate.

The 1st Petitioner, Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the elections on the grounds that Senator Christopher Ekpenyong was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast during the elections for the  North West Senatorial District.

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He (Akpabio) also noted that the election that produced Senator Christopher Ekpeyong as winner was invalid owing to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election.

In a majority Judgement of two justices, the three-man tribunal dismissed the petition and upheld as valid, the declaration of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong as the winner of the election.

Describing the petition as “lacking merit”, the panel noted that the petitioner failed to prove that he won the said election as well as failed to present convincing evidence of noncompliance with Electoral Act as raised in his petition.

 

Akpabio Gyrates With MC Galaxy After Ministerial Appointment

 

Following the ministerial inauguration in Abuja on Wednesday, Godswill Akpabio, who was handed the Niger Delta portfolio by President Muhammadu Buhari, was spotted gyrating and dancing.

In a video shared on social media, Akpabio could be seen dancing alongside MC Galaxy.

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The former governor showed off his dancing skills in celebration of the new appointment.

Results From My Senatorial District Were Mutilated, Says Akpabio

 

Senator Godswill Akpabio has said that the results from Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District were mutilated in a bid to deprive him of his mandate.

Speaking to Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye on Politics Today, Akpabio said he obtained the original results and the mutilated version and presented a case before a High Court at the FCT.

The former Minority Leader said that on investigating the evidence before it, the Court gave an Interim Order restraining INEC from issuing a Certificate Of Return to anyone but the rightful candidate of the elections which held on Saturday, February 23.

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He said there was illegality in a previous announcement which did not declare him as the winner of the Senatorial district, hence, he approached the Court to get back his mandate.

Akpabio, the incumbent Senator representing Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District, said that he did not lose his re-election bid, claiming that his mandate remains intact.

Recall that in an earlier interview, Akpabio stated that the election was manipulated and as such he would ensure that it is reversed.

Speaking about his loss, he said, “I won, it’s a temporal setback and that is why there are processes. If for instance you feel you were cheated, or there was wrong collation, you have recourse to the court.

“So for me, I can’t fail, I didn’t fail, there must have been some wrong collation somewhere, so those things will be corrected”.

Senatorial Race: I Cannot Fail, I Won The Election – Akpabio

 

Incumbent Senator representing Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, has said that he did not lose his re-election bid, claiming that his mandate remains intact.

In an interview with Channels Television’s Gloria Umezurike, Akpabio said the election was manipulated and as such he would ensure that it is reversed.

Speaking about his loss at the Senatorial election in the district where he was seeking to be re-elected, Akpabio said, “I won, it’s a temporal setback and that is why there are processes. If for instance you feel you were cheated, or there was wrong collation, you have recourse to the court.

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“So for me, I can’t fail, I didn’t fail, there must have been some wrong collation somewhere, so those things will be corrected.

“We have processes in the election, it goes from one stage to the other, you have to do registration, you have to vote, you have to collate, and if there is a mistake, you go to the court and you get back your mandate.

“My Mandate is solid and waiting for me, my [people know that I cannot fail.”

Senator Akpabio had previously vowed to ensure that the victory of Dr Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election for Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District is reversed.

Dr Ekpenyong was declared winner of the senatorial seat after polling 118,215 votes to defeat Senator Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 83,158 votes.

Senator Akpabio who was a former Senate Minority Leader while he was with the PDP, said he would challenge the results of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday.

Upsets, Triumph From Nigeria’s National Assembly Elections

 

 

The 2019 general elections are set to record major upsets and, in some cases, very shocking outcomes, as already being indicated in the results of the National Assembly polls being announced across the country.

Whatever the case may be, the 9th National Assembly promises to throw up many new faces, from the South to the North of the country, with many unlikely candidates emerging to redefine the political landscape.

Against the expectation of many, the Oyo State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Oyo South Senatorial District yielded to the superior firepower of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kola Balogun.

Governor Ajimobi could not but congratulate his PDP rival shortly after the announcement of the result.

“I hereby accept the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to let go in the interest of peace. I, therefore, congratulate the declared winner, Hon. Kola Balogun,” he said.

In a statement on Monday, Governor Ajimobi said there was nothing to feel sad about because his party won two out of the three Senatorial seats and nine out of 14 federal constituency seats.

Governor Ajimobi may not have been lucky, but his counterparts in Ogun and Imo States, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha, have clinched Ogun Central and Imo West Senatorial seats respectively.

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All the senatorial seats in Ekiti State were swept by the APC, with the former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who defected to the APC emerging winner of Ekiti South Senatorial District, defeating Senate Minority Leader, Abiodun Olujimi, who is currently occupying the seat.

While Olubunmi Ajetumbi of the APC won the Ekiti North seat by beating Senator Duro Faseyi of the PDP, Opeyemi Bamidele of the APC beat his closest rival, Obafemi Adewale of the PDP to take the Ekiti Central senatorial seat.

Governor Amosun, who has had a running battle with the leadership of the APC over the choice of the governorship candidate of the APC in his state, thrashed his closest rival, Solomon Sanyaolu, of the PDP with a whopping 88,110 votes to 33,276 votes.

The governor, who dedicated his victory to the people of the state, vowed to resume the campaign for his preferred governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, of the Allied Peoples Movement.

The scenario in Ogun State played out in Imo State, where Governor Rochas Okorocha of the APC defeated his closest rival, Jones Onyereri, of the PDP who raised the alarm that the returning officer was forced to declare Okorocha winner of Imo West Senatorial District election.

Like his Ogun State counterpart, Governor Okorocha has been at daggers drawn with the APC leadership at the national level, causing a split in the state chapter of the party, and forcing him to throw his full weight behind his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu’s quest to take over as the state chief executive under the platform of the Action Alliance.

In Anambra State, businesswoman and former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, is making a return to the Senate to represent Anambra North Senatorial district after trouncing her closest rivals, Emmanuel Chinedu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr. Nelson Onubogu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

She has promised to continue to represent her people well, adding, “it is a duty to further improve the livelihood of the people of my senatorial district.”And call it a battle of the “Ubahs” in Anambra State and you would not be wrong, as businessman and chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah, emerged winner of the Anambra South Senatorial district seat.

Running under the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, who previously contested for the state’s governorship seat and failed, beat the Uba brothers, Chris Uba of the PDP, and serving senator for the district, Sen. Andy Uba of the APC.

In neighboring Abia State, a former governor of the state, Orji Kalu of the APC is joining the 9th Senate to represent Abia North Senatorial District. Kalu who is battling alleged N7.6bn fraud charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), defeated his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, who is currently occupying the seat.

Embattled Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is also returning to the upper legislative chamber to represent Delta North Senatorial District, having defeated his closest rival Doris Oboh, of the APC, in what could be termed a landslide victory after polling 186,423 votes against Oboh’s 36,350 votes.

A few would recall the name, Ndudi Elemelu of the PDP, as a former lawmaker who once represented the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State. He has now staged a comeback to the green chamber.

He defeated the APC candidate, Paul Adingupu, in the election conducted in four local government areas that make up the constituency in the state, namely: Oshimili North, Oshimili South, Aniocha North, and Aniocha South.

Up North, a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has been declared the winner of Kano Central Senatorial District. The APC candidate who defected to the ruling party from the PDP in the run-up to the general elections, defeated his rival, Aliyu Sani-Madawakingini of the PDP to emerge the winner.

Just like Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State, another serving state chief executive whose hope of making it to the upper legislative chamber has been dashed is the Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo. He was defeated by Senator Saidu Akali of the APC for the Gombe North Senatorial District seat, denying him the chance to join his colleagues who are also seeking refuge in the Senate, having completed their second tenure.

The Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura of the APC, has also joined the league of former governors headed for the Senate after displacing the senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Suleiman Adokwe of the PDP, in an election that seemed like a walkover.

Perhaps, the most striking upset is the defeat suffered by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was out-maneuvered in the Kwara political chess game by the APC candidate, Ibrahim Oloriegbe. It was an election that pitched the progeny of the established Saraki dynasty against a population that yearned for what they described as political freedom, united by the sing-song “Oto ge” (‘enough’ in Yoruba).

Saraki’s close ally in the lower chamber, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, however, managed to secure his re-election after defeating his APC rival, Abubakar Abdullahi, to represent the Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa, Dass Federal Constituency.

The red chamber may yet witness some drama as controversial Senator, Dino Melaye of the PDP, has defied all hurdles before him and made his way back to the Senate, defeating his rival, Smart Adeyemi, of the APC to emerge winner of the Kogi West Senatorial District.

Melaye’s win is remarkable, coming against the backdrop of the efforts made by his constituency to recall him and the face-off with the Nigeria Police, culminating in his eventual hospitalization, leaving him with little or no time to campaign for his re-election.

Akpabio Loses Senatorial Seat In Akwa Ibom

Defectors From APC Intended To 'Bring Down' FG – Akpabio
Senator Godswill Akpabio

 

Senator Godswill Akpabio has been defeated in the race for Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District. 

The Returning Officer Professor Peter Ogban noted in his declaration that PDP’s Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong of PDP is the Senator-elect of Akwa Ibom.

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According to Professor Peter, REC, Mr. Ekpeyong polled 118,215 votes to beat Akpabio of APC who scored 83,158 votes.

Also, results for Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara Federal constituency have been announced by the Returning officer, Dr. Daniel Udoh, the result is as follows:

Emmanuel Akpan (APC) – 22,052 Votes

Nsikak Ekong (PDP) – 29,849

Akpabio Resigns As Senate Minority Leader

Election violence

 

A former Governor of Akwa -Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has resigned his position as the Minority Leader of the Senate.

Akpabio, who represents Akwa-Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, addressed the letter to the Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In his tweet on Tuesday, the Senator had tendered his resignation letter on August 4, before making it public.

While thanking the Senate Minority leadership and the opposition PDP of the opportunity to serve, he urged them to “please accept the assurance of my highest esteem.”

He added, “This letter is to formally inform you of my resignation as the Senate Minority Leader with effect from August 4, 2018.”

Akpabio Distributes N1 Million To PDP Chairmen For ‘Mr Biggs’

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio on Sunday gave N1 Million each to the six Chairmen of the Peoples’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-South geopolitical zone who had converged in Port Harcourt for a party reconciliation session.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio

Mr Akpabio’s cash gift followed a speech by the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, who had said that poverty is widespread among party members in the zone and that action needed to be taken to reduce the hardship faced by party members.

“If you want to prevent our members from straying to other parties, you must put food in the stomach of our supporters,” Mr Uduaghan had said.

Shortly after Mr Uduaghan spoke, Mr Akpabio announced he would distribute N1million each to party chairmen at the venue as lunch money as a way of placating them not to leave the party.

He said, “My brother Governor, Uduaghan, said our members are hungry and that we must put food in their stomach so that they don’t stray to other parties. I am giving all the state chairmen of the party N1 million each for Mr Biggs. Our members must not be hungry.”

Akwa Ibom: Court dismisses suit challenging Akpabio election

A Federal High court in Abuja presided over by Justice Abdu Kafarati on Friday dismissed the suit filed by one Frank Okon challenging the election of Godswill Akpabio as the duly elected governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Delivering the judgment on the suit seeking to disqualify Mr Akpabio from further staying in office, Justice Kafarati said the plaintiff lacked the locus standi having failed to participate in the primary elections conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which produced the incumbent governor as its candidate; he cannot challenge the outcome of the election.

The court further held that the mere possession of a party’s nomination form without participating in the actual election to select the party’s candidate cannot be a ground for anyone to challenge the outcome of such election.

Mr Okon had approached the federal high court seeking to nullify the 15 January 2011 primary election that produced Mr Akpabio as the candidate of the PDP.

Although the counsel to the plaintiff left the court immediately after the judgment, lawyers to Mr Akpabio and the PDP commended the verdict of the court.