The House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, today declared the All Progressives Congress(APC),candidate for Essien Udim State Constituency, Hon Nse Ntuen, as the winner of the election.
Delivering judgment in the petition filed against the election victory of Ntuen by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate, Justice Akanbi, ordered the INEC to issue the APC candidate Certificate of Return, having been declared and returned by the Returning officer.
It would be recalled that the Mike Igini-led Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in the state, had refused to issue Ntuen Certificate of Return, despite his declaration as the winner by the Returning Officer after the election.
Reacting to the judgement, Hon Ntuen, thanked the leadership of his party, members for standing by him throughout the needless challenge, describing the legal triumph as “victory of light over darkness”.
” I thank the living God, the APC family, our political leaders and particularly, my mentor and leader, the Hon Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and wife among numerous others.The judgment is simply the victory of light over darkness,” he declared.