A Federal High Court in Abuja on thursday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish the name of Godswill Akpabio, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
Justice Emeka Nwite in his verdict held that INEC acted unlawfully by refusing to accept and publish Akpabio’s name even when it was sent to it by the APC as its candidate.
There has been controversy regarding the nomination emanating from Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district in respect of Akpabio. Udom Ekpoudom won the primary election for Akwa Ibom North West, which was monitored by INEC officials. INEC, thereafter, rejected the substitution of Ekpoudom’s name with Akpabio by the APC.