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2023: Court Sacks APC Governorship Candidate In Akwa Ibom State

Akan Udofia, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, has been fired by a Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

This follows a judgement on Monday in the complaint filed against him by one of the ticket’s hopefuls, former presidential assistant Senator Ita Enang.

Enang contended in court through his attorneys that Udofia was ineligible to run in the APC governorship primaries on May 26, 2022, since he had just recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the party and was not a member at the time of the primary election.

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Udofia, on the other hand, believed that the APC leadership had granted him a waiver to contest.

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Justice Agatha Okeke ruled on Monday in the case FHC/UY/144/2022, canceling the May 26 APC governorship primary in Akwa Ibom State and ordering a new primary within two weeks.

The Judge further ruled that the supposed waiver granted to Udofia was unlawful and barred him from participating in the APC’s new primary.

In his initial reaction, Udofia urged his supporters to remain calm while assuring them that he would be on the ballot for the governorship election in 2023.

 

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