The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has been given a chance to go back to the Senate as the Court of Appeal, sitting in Calabar, Cross River state on Saturday ordered a rerun election in Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district.
Chris Ekpeyong, a former deputy governor of the state, had defeated Akpabio in the senate election in February.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ekpeyong, who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the election.
However, Akapbio filed a petition against his victory at the tribunal, asking it to set aside Ekpenyong’s election.
His case was based on alleged irregularities he said marred the election.
But the tribunal threw away his petition, saying it lacks merit because Akpabio failed to prove that he won the election as well as failed to present convincing evidence of non-compliance with electoral act as raised in his petition.
Unimpressed the former two-term governor went on appeal.
In its ruling, the appeal court ordered a rerun election in Essien Udim local government within 90 days.
Mr. Akpabio is from that local government.
The court ruled that the rerun should hold within 90 days.