The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital has disqualified the All Progressives Party, APC Governorship candidate for March 2023 election alleging, he crossed carpeted into the party from the PDP within 24 hours.
But the Governorship candidate, Bong Akan Udofia has assured his party supporters to be calm insisting that, he would be on the ballot for the election in 2023.
A statement issued by his campaign organization on Monday November 24, 2022 at 12:22 pm said, “I am assuring you all that, I will be on the ballot as Akwa Ibom APC Governorship flag bearer”.
Delivering judgement on the matter, “FHC/UY/144/2022, the presiding Judge, Agather Okeke nullified the primary election and ordered a fresh primary to be conducted by the party within 14 days without the acclaimed winner, Akan Udofia”.
Akan Udofia won the May 26, 2022 governorship election primary conducted by the APC team from Abuja monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a landslide victory of 2,227 votes to emerge winner against Senator It’s Solomon Enang, who scored 38 votes to become second.
Aggrieved Enang, later approached the court to disqualify Bong Akan Udofia on grounds that, he was not a member of the party.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of APC had earlier approved Akan Udofia’s membership of the party by granting him waiver prior to the Governorship primary he emerged winner.
Akan Udofia, this reporter learned may appeal the judgement of Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo to reclaim his mandate.
NAIJA LIVE TV recalled that, Senator Enang went to court after the primary alleging that, Akan Udofia joined the party few days to the election, and prayed the court to declare him as the authentic candidate of APC.
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