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.
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