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Appeal court disqualifies Akpabio as APC senatorial candidate

The Appeal Court in Abuja has disqualified, former Governor Godswill Akpabio from contesting the APC Akwa-Ibom North-West District Senatorial seat in the 2023 polls.

The court handed down the judgment after an appeal against a Federal High Court ruling on September 15, 2022, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognize Akpabio as the APC Senatorial candidate for the district.

In a statement signed, Akpabio said he is aware that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has the final say in these matters and called on his supporters to remain calm and law abiding as they continue campaign for the success of APC in the senatorial district.

Senator Akpabio noted that his lawyers are studying the judgment of the Court of Appeal on Monday sacking him as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District to seek redress.

Writing By Marian Benjamin; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu