Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio

Former Minister, Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday emerged All Progressives’ Congress (APC), candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

This is coming barely 48 hours after the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State stepped down his presidential ambition to support Bola Ahmed Tinubu who went on to win the ticket of the presidential ticket of the APC.

According to Jackson Udom, Chief Press Secretary to Senator Akpabio, emerged at the Senatorial Primaries which held at the Skill Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene on Thursday.

Akpabio polled 478 votes to defeat Retired DIG Udom Ekpo Udom, who polled 3 votes, while Engineer Joseph Akpan had just 1 vote.

Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Obong Stephen Ntukekpo, informed party delegates that the fresh election was ordered by the NWC of the party as a result of the cancellation of the last Primaries which took place on the 28th May, 2022, due to security infractions by some hoodlums.

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Four aspirants were billed to take part in the rescheduled election, namely; Senator Godswill Akpabio, former member House of Representatives, Hon Ekperikpe Ekpo, DIG Udom Ekpo Udom and Engineer Joseph Akpan.

Before the commencement of voting, former member House of Representatives, Hon Ekpo, announced his voluntary withdrawal from the race and urged all his delegates to cast their votes for Senator Akpabio, whom he described as his leader and mentor.

Addressing the delegates, Senator Akpabio thanked the delegates for trooping out in their hundreds to cast their votes for him, assuring them that his return to the Senate in 2023, will bring in more infrastructural development, human capital development and youth and women empowerment.

Announcing the result which was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police and other relevant agencies, the Returning Officer, Mrs Bunmi Imolehin, declared that Total registered delegates were 540 but only 512 delegates were accredited, while 11 votes were void votes.

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