Akpabio polls 478 votes for senate ticket

The immediate past Minister, Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday emerged All Progressives’ Congress (APC), candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, polling 478 votes.

At the Senatorial Primaries which held at the Skill Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Akpabio defeated Retired DIG Udom Ekpo Udom, who polled 3 votes, while Engineer Joseph Akpan had just 1 vote.

Chief Press Secretary to Akpabio, Mr Jackson Udom said the state Chairman of the party, Obong Stephen Ntukekpo had earlier informed the party delegates that the fresh election was ordered by the NWC of the party as a result of the cancellation of the last Primaries which took place on the 28th May, 2022, due to security infractions by some hoodlums.

Four aspirants were billed to take part in the rescheduled election, namely; Senator Godswill Akpabio, former member House of Representatives, Hon Ekperikpe Ekpo, DIG Udom Ekpo Udom and Engineer Joseph Akpan.

Before the commencement of voting, former member House of Representatives, Hon Ekpo, announced his voluntary withdrawal from the race and urged all his delegates to cast their votes for Senator Akpabio, whom he described as his leader and mentor.

Akpabio thanked the delegates for trooping out in their hundreds to cast their votes for him, assuring them that his return to the Senate in 2023, will bring in more infrastructural development, human capital development and youth and women empowerment.

Announcing the result which was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police and other relevant agencies, the Returning Officer, Mrs Bunmi Imolehin, declared that Total registered delegates were 540 but only 512 delegates were accredited, while 11 votes were void votes.

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