Appeal Court Sacks Senator Ekpenyong

Appeal Court Sacks Senator Ekpenyong, Demands Rerun In Akpabio’s LG

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River has demanded a rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom State.

Senator Akpabio, who is currently the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, had gone to the upper court to challenge the ruling of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Uyo, which affirmed the victory of Senator Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In its judgement delivered on Saturday, the court declared as invalid, the declaration of Christopher Ekpenyong as the winner of the election and the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district.

It, therefore, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to conduct a fresh election in Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state within 90 days.

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