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Senator Godswill Akpabio has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the results of the elections in the Akwa Ibom North-West District.

Concise News understands that the petition comes after clear indication Akpabio has been defeated in the race for Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District.

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The Returning Officer, Professor Peter Ogban, had on Tuesday announced PDP’s Christopher Ekpenyong as the Senator-elect of Akwa Ibom.

According to Professor Peter, Ekpeyong polled 118,215 votes to beat Akpabio of APC who scored 83,158 votes.

Meanwhile, Akpabio, in his petition to the REC, accused him of “considering reversing the announced cancellation of result from Obot Akara”.

Akpabio’s opponent, Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is from Obot Akara.

He said: “It is the law that a pronouncement on a result has been made, only a court of law can reverse such decision. An attempt to reverse same is total illegality,” Mr Akpabio said in the petition, dated February 23, and signed by his brother, Ibanga Akpabio, who was the APC senatorial agent in the election.

“We demand querying of card reader/recount of votes from all 10 Local Government Areas of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.“We call on INEC to fix a date for a rerun election in Obot Akara and announce the Essien Udim results.”

Meanwhile, the PDP, which has also claimed victory in the election, has called on INEC to release the result of the election for the Akwa Ibom North-West.

“We hereby demand that INEC should without further delay announce the results of the Senatorial District and House of Representatives.

“We also demand that security operatives provide sufficient cover for the movement and announcement, in the light of recent developments threatening the announcement. There is no need for any further delay,” the PDP said.