The Court of Appeal has nullified the candidacy of the former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Akwa-Ibom North/West District in the 2023 General Elections.
The judgment was delivered on Monday evening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
A three-member panel of justices led by Justice Danlami Senchi ruled that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the court rules.
The panel further held that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.
Recall that the Federal High Court had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise Akpabio as the APC Senatorial candidate.