Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, dismissed the suit filed by a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udom Ekpoudom, challenging the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to submit his name as the party’s candidate in the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District for the 2023 general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) listed the former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, as APC’s candidate in the district on Tuesday.
Ekpoudom had earlier won the party’s primary election held in Akwa Ibom North-West in May.
After he refused entreaties to step down for the ex-minister who also vied for the APC presidential ticket in June, the party conducted a rerun primary election in the district.
In the election held on June 8, Akapbio secured the party’s ticket after polling 478 votes to defeat Ekpoudom who got three votes.
The former police officer later challenged the process in court.
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