The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially recognised Obong Akan Udofia as the duly nominated APC Governorship Candidate in Akwa Ibom State.
The commission listed the name and particulars of Akan Udofia and his running mate, Hon. Victor Antai as Governorship and Deputy Governorship Candidates for the APC in Akwa Ibom State in its updated list of Candidates released on Friday 10th March, 2023.
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The update followed Tuesday’s Judgement of the Supreme Court which dismissed Ita Enang’s appeal against the judgment of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, which nullified the judgment of a Federal High Court that sacked Udofia as candidate of the APC.
The Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday ordered INEC to list Udofia as candidate of the APC for the governorship election in Akwa Ibom.
Justice James Omotosho gave the order on Thursday in Abuja following an application by Udofia asking that a consequential order to be made to allow the electoral umpire list his name as APC’s governorship candidate in the state.
Justice Omotosho in his judgment, held that the case of the plaintiff was justiciable and subsequently granted the prayers and ordered INEC to list him as candidate of the APC in Akwa Ibom governorship election.
Political watchers in the state hold that this has put to rest all litigations and disputes arising from the APC primaries of 2022 and cleared the path for the APC to contest the Governorship Elections in Akwa Ibom State