Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries that produced Godswill Akpabio as the party’s nominee for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
Thursday’s senate primary was won by Godswill Akpabio, who stood down for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the governing party, during the convention of the ruling party.
The State APC Chairman, Mr. Stephen Ntukekpo, stated that he was instructed by the national party to conduct a re-election due to suspected violations.
According to the results of the repeat senatorial primary election, Akapbio emerged victorious with 478 votes, whereas DIG Ekpo Udom (ret.) received only three votes.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, told Daily Trust on Sunday in Uyo, the state capital, that the commission will only recognise the winner of the primary overseen by INEC.
He refuted the assertion that the panel oversaw the re-run APC senatorial primary, which Akpabio won.
“The primaries ended on the 27th of last month, so I have no idea what you’re referring to. The election in question was overseen by INEC, and a report has been sent to Abuja.
“INEC is unaware of any senatorial primaries held on Thursday (June 9) that were supervised by INEC,” he said.
The REC also confirmed that the APC does not have a candidate for governor in the state, stating that INEC did not oversee the primary where Mr. Akanimo Udofia emerged victorious.