Godswill Akpabio Secures APC Senate Ticket

godswill akpabio secures apc senate ticket
godswill akpabio secures apc senate ticket

Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial district.

Godswill Akpabio, who conceded the party’s presidential nomination to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner with 478 votes.

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Sir Joseph Akpan received one vote, whereas DIG Ekpo Udom, who initially won the first primary, received three votes. Eleven votes were nullified.

Thursday evening at the Godswill Akpabio Empowerment Centre in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, where the re-run primary was place, Akpabio thanked the people for considering him deserving.

“I would want to thank the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district for re-electing me to represent you in the Nigerian Senate. I recall that, from 2015 to 2019, when you granted me my first mandate, no senator had ever given you the amount of authority I did.

“I am aware that a number of projects were completed across the ten local government regions, including markets, water projects, electrification projects, and classroom block construction,” he said.

Mr. Stephen Ntukekpo, the State APC Chairman, stated that he was directed by the national party to conduct the re-run, citing violations in the initial primary as the cause for the re-run.

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“There were violations in the primaries held approximately a week ago, and the National Working Committee asked me to do a rerun.

“There are around five candidates in this exercise. Everyone was notified and is completely aware. Sir Joseph Akpan, DIG Ekpo Udom, Obong Emem Ekperikpe Ekpo, and Senator Godswill Akpabio are the candidates,” he stated.

Although the other candidates were unavailable during the exercise, Obong Emem Ekperikpe Ekpo expressed his intention to drop aside in favour of Akpabio.

He stated, “The first primary was held on May 28 and you were all present. Today, our Father has entered the competition. I, Obong Emem Ekperikpe Ekpo, a former member of the House of Representatives and a native of this senatorial district, implore all of my delegates to connect with our father and vote for him.

“I do not believe we should do anything to undermine the leader God has given us. The individual is Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio. I again urge all of my delegates to endorse him. “Therefore, I am withdrawing my candidacy for the Senate.”

The Chairman, Sir Sylvester Okonkwo, the Secretary, Alhaji Salisu Isa, and Mrs. Bunmi Imole, who was the returning officer, as well as officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission led the five member committee to supervise the primaries (INEC).

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