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Court rules on Senator Bassey Albert Akpan’s defection to APC, today

by on February 27, 2017
 

Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, who represents Uyo Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State in the Upper Chamber of the Na­tional Assembly, will today know if he is still eligible to occupy his seat in the Red Chamber

The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, will rule on the lingering pre-elec­tion matters which borders on Albert’s eligibility as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 senatorial election for the district.

The matter, brought be­fore the court by a former member of the House of Representatives for the Uyo Federal Constituency, Elder Bassey Etim, chal­lenged the eligibility of Senator Akpan.

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Etim had argued that he was wrongfully substituted at the said election, adding that “the wrongful substitu­tion of my name, as the win­ner of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) primary in Uyo Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom North-East) Senatorial District in 2014 by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with that of Bassey Albert”.

The trial Judge, Justice Fatun Riman of the Fed­eral High Court 2, Uyo, had fixed the judgment for February 27, after parties involved in the suit had concluded the adoption of their written addresses.

During the adoption of the written addresses, the Counsel to Elder Bassey Etim, Mr Taiwo Abe had argued that “Sen Bassey Al­bert did not have any busi­ness in the PDP primary for Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, since he did not obtain nomina­tion form for the Senatorial contest” and cited judicial precedent on the issue in the case of the former Gov­ernor of Rivers State, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi and Celestine Omehia

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