The Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has given its verdict, saying that the election which brought in Governor Udom Emmanuel was inconclusive. It ordered that fresh elections be conducted in 18 local government areas of the state.
The verdict followed a petition by Umana Umana, the former secretary to the state government who ran against Udom on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The tribunal did not place too much premium on the card readers however, saying that the petitioners were unable to demonstrate that card reader alone can be relied upon for accreditation.
Consequently, the tribunal resolved that Governor Udom scored the highest number of valid votes cast. However it held that the provisions of the law were not complied with in 18 LGAs. It ruled that
566,436 voters were disenfranchised.
Gov. Udom got as 890,000 voters in the election.
The tribunal ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in 18 out of the 31 LGAs in the state.