Supreme Court upholds Akpabio’s election

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio

The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed Godswill Akpabio as the validly-elected governor of Akwa Ibom State, in a unanimous decision that brought to a close a four-year legal tussle to unseat him.

The court ruled that Mr. Akpabio was the suitable candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, a claim that had for years been challenged by Frank Okon, who also contested the party’s ticket in April 2011.

Mr. Okon had asked the court to nullify Mr. Akpabio’s election because he (Okon) and his supporters were not availed the information on the scheduled primaries after the cancellation of the previous exercise.

Mr. Okon’s argument was upheld at the level of the Court of Appeal.

But, in a unanimous judgment delivered Friday by Justice Bode-Rhodes Vivour, on behalf of Justice John Fabiyi, and six other Justices, the Supreme Court set aside the ruling of the Appeal Court in favour of Mr. Okon and restored the judgment of the High Court on the matter.

The High Court had ruled that Mr. Okon was not qualified to contest the outcome of the election in the first place, having admitted in his affidavit before the court that he and his supporters were not allowed to participate in the primaries.


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  • T-Rex

    It is well,you fought gallantly Engr. Frank Okon.

  • Man_Enough

    this delay is shameful and scandalous.

  • Festuso

    This is a mockery of justice! The guy has spent a full term in office already. Is it any wonder that people do not believe in the justice system in Nigeria and would rather take the law into their own hands? Justice delayed is justice denied…..what a country! A joke!

  • Maitama Tambari

    After completion of four years. FREEDOM TRAIN LEAVES TOMORROW. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE COMES 28-03-15. YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

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  • Rommel

    This nonsense must stop,justice delayed they say is justice denied,why did they have to dispense with it now? they should have waited for the elections to be over and a new government sworn in so that the world can see the beauty of Nigerian judiciary, mad people.

  • tundemash

    wow ! That was quick, after 4 years ….. cl0wns unlimited .

  • FortB

    Hahahahaha. After the man has finished his term? Our courts are really funny. What a travesty of justice. If this is how justice is dispensed, the world would be in a state of chaos. NUJ must wake up to its responsibilities. Lazy judges

  • musa

    Congratulations to the people’s governor. Well though it was late judgement delivered but it is better than never. Long live the good people of awka ibom, long live the federal republic of nigeria!