[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State frown as the Tribunal upheld the election of the former governor as the senator representing Akwa Ibom Northwest.
The Chairman of APC in Akwa Ibom state Amadu Attai told reporters in Abuja that it was funny that Justice Anunihu held that it was a mere mistake that Akpabio contested election in one senatorial district and won in another.
He described the verdict as a miscarriage of justice, saying that APC chairman said the judge’s action raised a serious question about the integrity of the Judiciary.
According to him, how would 205,519 accredited voters could have produced 444,505 votes for Akpabio and why the tribunal regarded such glaring over-voting as an error that was expunge from the tribunal’s record after admitting the result of the card reader as an exhibit during the trial.
Attai said: “The APC in Akwa Ibom State observes with horror the wholesale miscarriage of justice in the outcomes of the various petitions filed by the party and its candidates at the National and State Assembly Election Petitions tribunals.
The APC chairman described this year’s elections in Akwa Ibom State, which national and international observers called a set of aberration, as alien to civilisation.
[quote_box_center]“Nothing drives this point more forcefully home than the controversial decision of the Justice Anunihu-led panel, which dismissed the petition of the APC candidate for the Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District, Chief Inibehe Okori, on the grounds that Mr. Akpabio’s candidacy in Akwa Ibom Northeast Senatorial District, rather than Akwa Ibom Northwest – where the APC candidate contested – was a ‘mistake’ and that the panel’s admission of the card reader database analysis evidencing the fraudulent casting of 444,505 votes by only 205,519 accredited voters was ‘done in error’ and had to be expunged from the tribunal record in deciding the case.”[/quote_box_center]