Inibehe Okori, challenging Akpabio’s victory at the tribunal
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West, Inibehe Okori, has raised alarm over what he believes are efforts by the tribunal to sabotage his appeal.
The National Assembly Election Tribunal headed by Justice Goddy Anunihu had on Wednesday upheld the election of former governor, Godswill Akpabio as senator representing Akwa Ibom North West.
Okori had approached the tribunal challenging conduct of the election and declaration of Akpabio as winner of the poll.
On Friday however, Okori lamented that more than 48 hours after the judgment was delivered, the judge was yet to release copy of the ruling to enable them proceed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling.
In a statement, he said, “The decision to withhold the judgement is part of a grand conspiracy by both the tribunal chairman and Akpabio to prevent the appeal. I know that people are making serious efforts through various illegal means to stop me, but they will not succeed”.
It would be recalled that Justice Aninuhu in his ruling on Wednesday, held that there was nothing legally wrong with 205,519 accredited voters casting 444,505 votes declared for Akpabio.
Based on evidence presented before the tribunal, the disputed Akwa Ibom North West election had 90,618 successful accreditation while Failed accreditation stood at 114,901 totalling 205,519 as total valid number of accredited voters from the ten LGA’s that make up the senatorial district. But on the final result sheet, total number of accredited voters was 461,702 while total votes allegedly cast for Akpabio was 455,505.
Justice Anunihu also insisted that even though Akpabio was nominated by the PDP for election in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial district instead of North West where he hails from, his nomination and subsequent declaration by INEC as winner …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper