APC challenges Supreme Court’s ruling on Akwa Ibom governorship election

Aanya Igomu , Abuja

Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has questioned the Supreme Court on the dispute over the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, South-south Nigeria.

The Supreme Court upheld the election of the Akwa Ibom state’s Governor, Emmanuel Udom of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Apex Court in its ruling set aside the Appeal Court judgement which cancelled elections in 33 Local Government Area of the state and called for a re-run.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr. John Oyegun who met APC leaders from Akwa Ibom state at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja said the party was waiting for the Supreme Court to give reasons for the decisions in Akwa Ibom and other states.

During the election which held on April 11, 2015 there was wide spread violence where lives where lives were lost.

The APC governorship candidate, Mr. Umana Umana challenged the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate as winner of the governorship election at the election Tribunal in the state.

Election Fraud

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Umana, decried the Supreme Court judgement saying that there was evidence presented confirming election fraud and violence perpetrated by the PDP.

“Indeed we are not happy in Akwa Ibom state with the situation. Our people were not allowed to vote. It was not just a case of card readers, even the voters register proved clear cases of over voting. The EU, TMG and other international observer groups issued statements condemning the elections

“Against this background, we thought if we approach the court, we will get justice. We submitted over 350 exhibits including video proving election violence and malpractices.

“It was a case of double jeopardy. During the election our people were killed. We went to court and we could not get justice.”

The Akwa Ibom APC delegation comprised of the party’s governorship candidate Umana Okon Umana, state APC Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai, Chief Don Obot Etiebet, Members APC Board of Trustees and other APC stakeholders from the state.