Akpabio withdraws from senatorial rerun election

Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has announced his withdrawal from the planned rerun election for the Akwa Ibom North-West District, the Punch newspaper has reported.

The Court of Appeal, Calabar, in November, had ordered a rerun in only one local government area – Essien Udim – in the district, following Mr Akpabio’s appeal against the judgement of the election petition tribunal which declared that his opponent, Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was the validly elected senator for the district.

Mr Akpabio hails from Essien Udim.

Mr Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate, would not want to abandon his “huge responsibility” and a “critical national assignment” at the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, the Punch reported as…

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