2023: You’ve no Candidate, INEC Tells APC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom State has announced that there is no All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections in the state.

This was made known by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Mike Igini. INEC position comes after Mr. Akanimo Udofia was declared the winner of the APC governorship primary with a total vote of 1227 to defeat eight other aspirants at an exercise held at Ekpo Obot, Uyo, the state capital.

But, the INEC REC, refused to recognise the exercise in his report on the primary, sent to the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

He reported that the governorship primary that was fixed for Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Sheer Grace Arena, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, never held at all.

He added that the commission’s monitoring team he led in the company of the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, arrived at the venue of the primary for the third time at 6:45 p.m. and didn’t saw anyone, and wondered how and where the APC conducted the primary without the knowledge of INEC.

“We wish to report that the APC governorship primary that was scheduled to hold on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the Sheer grace Arena, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State did not hold at all,” the report read in parts.

It will recalled that APC held parallel primaries in Akwa Ibom State to choose its governorship candidate. While a faction of the party loyal to Senator Akpan James Udoedehe conducted theirs at the Sheer Grace Arena, the faction loyal to Senator Godswill Akpabio, converged at Ekpo Obot, street, Uyo, for a similar exercise.

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