The plan by former Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio to return to the senate has suffered a huge blow as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the primary election which produced him as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
Recall that the former minister of the Niger Delta ministry was declared winner of a senatorial primary election conducted on Thursday after he failed to clinch the APC presidential ticket.
The Akwa Ibom State APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo, had said he was directed by the ruling party’s national body to conduct a re-run over alleged infractions.
Then results from the fresh primary said Akapbio emerged winner with 478 votes, while DIG Ekpo Udom (rtd), who won the first primary, secured just three votes.
However, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, told Daily Trust that INEC would only recognise the winner of the primaries monitored by the commission.
According to him, INEC did not monitor the re-run APC senatorial primaries, that saw Akpabio emerged winner.
“The primaries were concluded on the 27 of May, so I don’t know what you are talking about. The one that was conducted was monitored by INEC and the report has been submitted to Abuja.
“INEC is not aware of any senatorial primaries conducted on Thursday (June 9) that was monitored by INEC, none,” he stated.
The REC also affirmed that the APC has no governorship candidate in the state.