Just In: Supreme Court Affirms Akwa Ibom Governor Udom’s Election

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday night in Abuja affirmed the election of Governor Emmanuel Udom as the governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Governor Udom had appealed to the Supreme Court against the nullification of his election by the Court of Appeal.

The Akwa Ibom State Election Petition Tribunal had earlier nullified elections in 18 local governments and ordered a rerun by the Appeal court in its ruling nullified elections in all the 31 local government areas and ordered a rerun. That ruling was upturned by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Umana Umana had taken Udom to the tribunal in the April 21, 2015 general elections.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on December 18 nullified the Akwa Ibom State governorship election of April 11, removing Mr. Emmanuel, from office.

Mr. Emmanuel’s election was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Umana Umana.

At the election tribunal, Mr. Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party, had secured partial victory, with the election cancelled only in 18 out of the state’s 31 local government areas.

The tribunal had ordered a rerun.

Mr. Emmanuel had challenged the ruling, insisting he won in all 31 LGAs.

The APC candidate, Mr. Umana, also appealed against the ruling, seeking a total nullification of the election.

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