APC National Working Committee has recognized Senator Godswill Alpabio as Senatorial candidate of Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District.

APC National Working Committee has recognized Senator Godswill Alpabio as Senatorial candidate of Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District.
The party, through its National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore had written a letter to the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the party, ordering a rerun of the primary.
This is coming on the backdrop of the recent statements by State Chairman of INEC, Barr. Mike Igini that the recognized candidate for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd).
Igini had said that the rerun which gave rise to the emergence of the Akpabio is not recognized by law.
May be an image of text that says 'APC ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Uyo. 7th June, 2022 NOTICE THE RECONDUCT OF The National Working Committee (NWC) after reviewing the report of the Police on the just concluded Primary Elections in the state, has approved Thursday 9th June, 2022 to reconduct the exercise for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. Above is for your information and necessary action. &yRdlifbonrare Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Ph.D., FNSE, NationalSecretary'
Igini said under the new Electoral Act, a party can not unilaterally substitute a duly elected candidate for any elective position. He said only the elected candidate can withdraw via writing to the party which will now prompt a replacement.
“By virtue of Section 31 of the 2022 Electoral Act, the only way somebody can be replaced in any form is that we no longer have substitution by political party. What you have now is withdrawal by individual or nominee and or death.
“The law is not saying you should go and kill people so that you can have yourself on the ballot. No. The law is saying that those who have emerged at all levels up to the presidential level, you can decide that you are no longer interested. You can write an application signed by yourself, delivered to your party who will now deliver to INEC, but nobody can shave the political head of another person in his or her absence.
“The report of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District APC primary as submitted to INEC headquarters in Abuja is final. It is concluded. The train has left the station. The timeline is clear. All those who are in politics should go and study the 2022 Electoral Act very well.
“I hear people talk about substitution. If you look at Section 31 and Section 34 of the Electoral Act, those of you who are still carrying the old idea of the 2010, 2012 Electoral Act in your head, thinking you can substitute wilfully, it is no longer so.
“Then number two is only in the case of death. Even at that, there will now be a fresh primary. This is the new law. So, what we are seeing going on is clearly a misnomer. The rerun can only be conducted between and among those who participated in the first Senatorial election of May 27, 2022 and the Senatorial primary for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District was not cancelled, was not nullified, was not inconclusive. It was conclusive, it was concluded and the report was written and it is final because you cannot reopen that anymore,” he declared.
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