Court confirms Akan Udofia as Akwa Ibom APC guber candidate

Written by on January 20, 2023

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the nomination of Obong Akan Udofia as governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State.

In a judgment on Thursday a three-member panel of the court, led by Justice Elfreda Williams-Daudu, allowed the appeal by Udofia and set aside the November 14, 2022 judgment by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Uyo division of the Federal High Court.

Justice Okeke had upheld a suit filed by a former presidential aide, Senator Ita Enang, nullified the primary that produced Udofia and ordered the party to conduct a fresh primary within 14 days.

The court held that the lower court erred in assuming jurisdiction contrary to Sections 97 and 98 of the Sheriffs and civil process Act. They further held that Akan Udofia’s appeal has merit and therefore ordered INEC to publish his name as the duly elected Governorship Candidate of APC in Akwa Ibom State.

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