A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, dismissed the suit filed by Udom Ekpoudom challenging the nomination of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s name to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West Senate seat in the 2023 general elections.
Delivering judgment, Justice Donatus Okorowo, held that the plaintiff’s action was not justiciable, hence, the suit was incompetent.
Justice Okorowo, who said that the matter bordered on the internal affairs of a party, held that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekpoudom, a retired DIG, was the plaintiff in the case.
He had sued the APC and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as 1st and 2nd defendants in the suit.
brother judge in the FHC, Abuja, Justice Emeka Nwite, had, on Sept. 15, ordered the INEC to accept and publish Akpabio’s name as the candidate of the APC for the 2023 Akwa Ibom North/West Senatorial District election.
Nwite, in a judgment, held that INEC’s refusal to accept and publish the name of the ex-minister was in contradiction with the law, having received the name from the APC as its valid candidate.