The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, did not hold governorship primary in Akwa Ibom State.
According to a report sent to the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, maintained that the governorship primary scheduled for Thursday May 26,2022 did not hold at all.
The report read in part, “We wish to report that the APC governorship primary scheduled to hold on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the Sheer grace Arena, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State did not hold at all,”.
The report further stated that the commission’s monitoring team, led by Mr Igini, in the company of the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Andrew Amiengheme, arrived at the venue of the primary for the third time at 6:45 p.m., without seeing anyone.
It was gathered that while a faction of the party loyal to Senator Akpan James Udoedege was conducting its primary at the Sheer Grace Arena, the faction loyal to Senator Godswill Akpabio, was having it own at Okpo Obot street, Uyo, the state capital.
The INEC report is coming after Akanimo Udofia, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic party to APC was declared the winner of the APC governorship primary after he scored a total of 1,227 votes to defeat eight others including senator Ita Enang, the immediate past Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs.