The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for Akwa Ibom on Wednesday 21st October 2015 nullified the April 11 election in 18 out of the 31 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Akwa Ibom over irregularities.
The three-member tribunal presided over by Justice Sadiq Umar ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct re-run election in the affected 18 LGAs.
Some of the affected LGAs include Eket, Uyo, Onna, Nsit-Ibom, Nsit-Ubium, Ibimo, Ibeksibo, Nsit-Atai, Etinam and Oron.
Justice Sadiq, in reading the Judgment said the tribunal upheld the testimonies of the petitioners’ witnesses that election did not hold in the affected LGAs.
Justice Sadiq added that the testimony of Mr Don Etiebet, a former member of the PDP Board of Trustees, was convincing and reliable to the effect that election did not hold where he voted.
The judge also held that the allegations of irregularities and non-availability of election materials in the affected LGAs was proved by the petitioners.
Reacting to the decision, counsel to the petitioners, Solomon Umoh (SAN), said the judgment was a victory for democracy.
On his part, counsel to the Governor, Paul Usoro (SAN), said they would study the content of the judgment and decide on the next line of action.
Edited by Omolara Adegoke
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