Akpabio Gives Up, Withdraws Suit Challenging His Election Loss

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting at the Apo, Abuja Judicial Division on Friday struck out a post-decision matter established by Senator Godswill Akpabio, following his thrashing by previous Deputy Governor, Engr. Chris Ekpenyong, in the simply closed National Assembly decision for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, TheNation has detailed.

Akpabio, previous Senate Minority pioneer, deserted last August from the decision Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC) under which it looked for re-appointment ticket.

In any case, he was vanquished by Ekpenyong, who surveyed more than 118,000 votes as against his more than 83,000 driving the previous senator to hurried to Abuja court with suit no: FCTHCM268019, to look for a request of Mandamus convincing INEC to audit the outcome.

In any case, the directing Judge, Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court rejected the issue, following application by the Counsel to Akpabio, Mr. Sunday Ameh (SAN), that the case be pulled back forthwith.

The congressperson choose Ekpenyong praised his brother for taking the correct choice to haul out from the case, saying "no man can test the perfect order openly embraced by the general population of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District".

Talking on the issue on Friday, Ekpenyong encouraged Akpabio "to exhibit the great soul of sportsmanship by energetically tolerating thrashing in compliance with common decency as opposed to overheating the nation by giving the general population bogus impression of apparatus amid the challenge".

He reviewed: "In 2007, notwithstanding when he fixed the decisions and won, I, as one of the competitors acknowledged thrashing and praised him.

"In 2011, I had done everything to go for Senate however he deceived me to venture down for someone else, notwithstanding when I and the previous Minister of Petroleum, Atuekong Don Etiebet, had stooped down to ask then President Goodluck Jonathan, to give him (Akpabio) delicate arriving to go for a second term.

"When I did these, I was aware of the way that there must be one representative at once and that was his own time as structured by God.

"So this present command for the general population of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District has additionally been appointed by God for me to lead the general population of my zone and to indicate them authority bearing from the Red Chambers in the following four years.

"We are an exceptionally Republican individuals. We don't have what they called Dynasty in different spots.

"In Annang ethnic nationality, authority must advance for the profits of majority rule government to spread over all the 10 Local Government Areas that establish the Senatorial District.

"In this manner, I am guaranteeing the general population that I will keep running for just a single term of effective and deliberate initiative that will guarantee each aspect of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is contacted by genuine change and financial advancement."

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