Akpabio Withdraws Case Seeking Understanding Of Why He Lost
Senator Godswill Akpabio lost a bid to return to the Senate and his desire to find out more about that election result had made him file an application in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
That application, which he has now withdrawn, was seeking a Judicial review of the National Assembly election in his senatorial district.
On Friday, however, Mr Akpabio confirmed to Channels Television that he had withdrawn the application to avoid abuse of court processes.
The trial judge, Justice valentine Ashi, of the FCT High Court also confirmed the application withdrawal.
According to the former Senate Minority Leader, the order of stay issued last Friday was not to stop the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) from performing its function, but targeted at enabling an applicant to exercise his rights.
On why he stayed action last week, Akpabio said it was for all parties in the suit to address the court on whether it had jurisdiction to entertain a post-election matter.
The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State had last year defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All progressives Congress (APC), had vowed to challenge the results of the election.
While observers have alleged that there were malpractices noticed at the office of the APC, Senator Akpabio said he strongly believed there was something wrong with the collation of results in his Senatorial district won by the candidate of the PDP
His rival, Dr Chris Ekpenyong was declared winner of the senatorial seat after polling 118,215 votes to defeat him with 83,158 votes.
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