The Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh governorship election in 18 out of the 31 local government areas of the state.
The Justice Sadiq Umar-led panel, in its judgment, held that over Five hundred thousand registered voters were disenfranchised in the eighteen local government areas including Uyo, the state capital, during the April 11 governorship election.
It held the petition filed by Okon Umana of the All Progressives Congress challenging the declaration of Udom Emmanuel of the People’s Democratic Party as the winner of the April 11, 2015.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, has said it would appeal against the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Akwa Ibom.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Doctor Amadu Atai, announced this to newsmen in Uyo.
Doctor Atai said the party was expecting outright cancellation of the governorship election since it nullified the elections in 18 out of the 31 local government areas.
The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr Paul Ekpo, however, said that the judgment was confusing.
He said the party would review the judgment, adding, the judgment is very confusing except that the governor, who had won the election overwhelmingly in the state, still remains the governor.