The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibo state appears not to be disturbed by the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election.
The court, sitting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, had on Saturday ordered a rerun election in Essien Udim area of Akwa Ibom.
Concise News understands that Essien Udim is one of the local government areas in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of the state where Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost to Senator Christopher Ekpenyong in the February 23 election.
Akpabio, now Nigeria’s Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, had gone to the appellate court to challenge the ruling of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Uyo.
“It is on record that the margin of victory currently outstanding is in tens of thousands of votes, which has not been affected by the judgment of the court,” spokesman for the PDP in the state, Ini Emembong, said in a statement.
“Our party urges the general public to ignore the false stories being peddled by members of the opposition APC about the judgment, which specifically ordered a rerun in Essien Udim local government area alone.”
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had declared Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom, winner of the election.
But Akpabio faulted INEC’s declaration as he accused the umpire of “tampering” with the election result.
Akpabio had, in 2018, resigned from his position as the Senate minority leader before defecting from the PDP to the APC.