The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary that produced Godswill Akpabio as the party’s candidate in the Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district.
Akpabio, who stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the ruling party’s Presidential Candidate, was proclaimed the winner of a senatorial primary held on Thursday.
Stephen Ntukekpo, the State APC Chairman, stated that he was asked by the national party to conduct a re-run due to alleged breaches.
According to the results of the rerun senatorial primary election, Akpabio received 478 votes, while DIG Ekpo Udom (rtd) received only three votes in the first primary.
But the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, stated on Sunday, that the commission will only recognize the winner of the INEC-monitored primary.
He disputed that the commission was present at the re-run APC senatorial primary, in which Akpabio was declared the winner.
“The primaries was concluded on the 27th of last month, 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 stated that the APC does not have a governorship candidate in the state, claiming that INEC did not oversee the governorship primary in which Akanimo Udofia emerged victorious.