Following the judgement by the Appellate Court in Abuja sacking Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Akwa Ibom North West, the Senator has announced plans to head to the Supreme Court.
A three-member panel of justices headed by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday upturned the judgement of the lower court saying that Akpabio who participated in the APC presidential primary did not participate in the valid primary in the State held on May 28 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which produced DIG Udom Ekpoudom as the Senatorial candidate of the party.
The panel also said that Akpabio did not file his proof of arguments within the time provided by the law.
In a statement on Monday night, Akpabio
regretted that he was not party with the order made against him and that he had directed his lawyers to scrutinize the judgement and head for a redress.
Akpabio said while awaiting for the copy of the judgement to be made available to him, his supporters should remain calm and law abiding.
He assured that he would get back his mandate at the Supreme Court.
He said, “My lawyers on my advice and brief have commenced the scrutiny of the contents of the judgement as read, for the purposes of seeking appropriate legal redress. I am aware that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has the final say in these matters.”