Amidst the slow pace of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in collating results from the general elections, as well as widespread allegations of electoral malpractices, it would be interesting to note that the elections still made room for upsets. The electorate just might see their votes count afterall.
Nigeria lawmaker Senator Godswill Akpabio of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed to secure a return to the National Assembly. In a shocking turn of events, Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate, lost the election of Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong.
INEC Returning Officer for Akwa Ibom state, Professor Peter Ogban, noted this in his remarks, as he declared Ekpenyong as the Senator-elect of Akwa Ibom North.
Ekpeyong polled 118,215 votes to beat Akpabio of APC who scored 83,158 votes.
Akpabio, who served as Governor of Akwa Ibom state for eight years before joining the House of Senate in 2015, made the switch from PDP to APC to 2018, claiming that he "had seen the light" and subsequently remarking that PDP "kept Nigerians in darkness for 16 years."
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