Following the judgment delivered by the Akwa Ibom state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which sat in Abuja yesterday, the All Progressives Congress in the state says it would file a counter appeal.
The Tribunal had ordered fresh elections in 18, out of the 31 local government areas of the state, while stating, however, that it was not satisfied that election held in all the polling units in the state.
Chairman of the party in the state, Amadu Atai, who made the announcement in Uyo, after the judgment, said the party was expecting outright cancellation of the governorship election since it nullified the elections in 18 local government areas where discrepancies were pervasive.
However, the Peoples’ Democratic Party -PDP chairman in the state, Paul Ekpo, said that the judgment was confusing, saying the only good thing about the tribunal’s decision was that the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, remained in office.
According to the judgment, some of the affected local government areas included Eket, Uyo, Onna, Nsit-Ibom, Nsit-Ubium, Ibiono, Ibeksibo, Nsit-Atai, Etinam and Oron.