Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, on Monday, nullified the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries that produced Akanimo Udofia as the party’s governorship candidate in the state for 2023 general election.
The presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke, in her ruling, ordered that a fresh primary election be conducted within 14 days.
Okeke said that the APC governorship election committee violated provisions of the Electoral Act in conducting the primaries, saying that there was no evidence that the procedures adopted for the primaries were in line with the act.
The judge dismissed the purported waiver granted Udofia .She said that the weight of evidence before the court showed that no election was held and that the nomination of Udofia was null and void. She therefore, ordered the party to conduct another primary election where authentic governorship candidate would emerge.
The judge also ordered that the second defendant shall, within 14 days, conduct a fresh election and also ordered that the first defendant (Udofia) be disqualified from participating in the fresh primaries.
Sen. Ita Enang, an aspirant in the May 26 primaries, had challenged the legitimacy of the outcome by approaching the Court.
Joined in the suit were Udofia, the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the first, second and third defendants.
Plaintiff’s counsel, Nsikak Akpan, expressed satisfaction with the judgement.