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In the early hours of Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had won the Senate election for Akwa Ibom North West.
Professor Anthony Udoh said that Akpabio won the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District race because the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs got 115,401 valid votes, enough to meet all of the requirements.
Emmanuel Enoidem, who ran for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), got 69,838 votes and came in a distant second place.
Soon after he was named the winner of the Senate race, the former governor of the state thanked the people who came out in large numbers to vote for him and promised to do a good job representing them in the Senate.
Akpabio said, “I stand before you all this morning to personally and publicly register my appreciation for the show of love and support which led to my victory today. I am very grateful because you did not allow your conscience to be bought over even when they brought money from Uyo. You rejected their money and voted for me.”
He also said, “serious attempts were made by the state government to truncate this victory just as they did in 2019, but your resolve to protect this mandate has led to this well deserved victory. I am very grateful and I won’t take this for granted.”
Akpabio’s speech was filled with songs, and he promised his constituents that he would do a good job representing them in the National Assembly.