A Federal High Court, Abuja, has dismissed the suit by former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from producing certified true copies of its report of the May 27 APC primary election.
Akpabio is seeking to stop retired deputy inspector general of police, Udom Ekpoudom, from being the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
Justice D Okorowo, in a response to a motion by Mr Ekpoudom, ordered INEC to produce certified true copies of its report of the May 27 APC primary election for the Akwa Ibom North West District.
The court also ordered INEC to produce a letter or form from APC in which the party submitted the name of its candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West District, as well as the INEC calendar of political parties’ primaries.
INEC recognises Mr Ekpoudom, and not Mr Akpabio, as the APC candidate for the district for the 2023 election, the commission having monitored the primary that produced Mr Ekpoudom.
But the APC has, however, refused to submit Mr Ekpoudom’s name to INEC as a candidate.
The APC is insisting on Mr Akpabio, who contested the party’s presidential ticket as its candidate, a situation which prompted Mr Ekpoudom to challenge the party in court.