APC loses bid to stop Akwa Ibom council poll


The Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has dismissed a suit by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop the December 2 local government election in Akwa Ibom State.

The APC, led by the Chairman, Amadu Atai, faulted the proposed election, arguing that AKISIEC did not comply with necessary processes, including updating voters register and publishing same for public scrutiny within the stipulated 60 days.

But the court dismissed the suit as “lacking in merit and “having no basis in law.

Justice Fatun Riman said the case was dead on arrival because “the suit has no basis in law and lacked the backing of the 1999 Constitution, as amended”.

Justice Riman said: “The APC has failed to present cogent reasons for their suit, which would have been the foundation on which established facts would exist.”

The argument by APC, that AKISIEC should not use the 2015 voters register, was also dismissed by Riman.

He agreed with AKISIEC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the 2015 voter register were used for the polls in Lagos and Benue States.


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