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Akwa Ibom APC rejects tribunal verdict; describes it as strange

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By Dennis Udoma, Senior Correspondent, Uyo

More reactions have continued to trail the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which re-affirmed Mr Udom Emmanuel winner yesterday.

The latest came from Akwa Ibom Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which rejected the tribunal verdict saying, it was incongruous to the evidences presented to the tribunal.

The rejection was contained in a statement signed and issued to newsmen by the State Chairman of the party, Chief Ini Okopido in Uyo yesterday which said, they would deploy every available judicial process to attain their quest to entrench good governance in the state.

He explained that, the party approached the tribunal to determine the legality of Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC), declaration of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Udom Emmanuel as winner of March 9, 2019 governorship election, when the exercise was broadly adjudged to be flawed and tainted with widespread irregularities and violence.

Chief Okopido maintained that, although the tribunal had unanimously dismissed the petition for what it described as, ‘‘lacking in merit and failure by the petitioner to prove his case’’, the party had taken the judgment with equanimity, while waiting for lawyers advise on the way forward.

According to him, ‘‘we have taken the ruling with equanimity and instructed our lawyers to evaluate the judgement and advise the party accordingly’’, and thanked the party leaders and members for their unwavering support and tenacity to remain resolute during the trying moments.

‘‘Let me seize this medium to thank leaders and members of the party for your unwavering support and tenacity to stand firm with APC during this trying moments.

‘‘I implore our teeming supporters not to give up hope on the party but to remain faithful and steadfast trusting that, we shall deploy every available judicial process to attain our quest to entrench good governance in our beloved State of Akwa Ibom’’, he stated.

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