Akpabio set to approach Supreme Court over Appeal Court judgment

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A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has announced plans to approach the Supreme Court to seek redress over Monday evening’s Appeal Court judgment in Abuja nullifying his election as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West in the 2023 poll.

Akpabio, who is also the vice chairman of the APC presidential campaign council, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Uyo.

Akpabio said “My attention has been drawn to the judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, directing INEC to delist my name from its list as the APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the 2023 elections.”

“It is instructive to mention that I was not a party in the said appeal, though orders were made against me and my interest.”

“Whilst awaiting a copy of the said judgment to be made available to me and any other interested party, it is important to state that I am a lawyer by training and a law abiding citizen of this country and I am bound by our laws and judgments emanating from our courts including the one under reference.”

He further said “My lawyers on my advice and brief have commenced the scrutiny of the contents of the judgment as read, for the purposes of seeking appropriate legal redress. I am aware that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has the final say in these matters”.

He added, “I therefore, strongly advise my supporters, APC members and all my constituents to remain calm and law abiding, as they continue their campaigns for the successes of the APC in Akwa Ibom North West, Akwa Ibom and Nigeria at large.”

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