COALITION of Civil Society
Groups for Transparency and
Good Governance has lauded
the country’s judiciary following
the Federal High Court ruling in
Uyo, which nullified the election
of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan,
popularly known as OBA, who
represents Akwa Ibom NorthEast
in the Senate.
Justice Fatun Riman had last
Monday ordered the Independent
National Electoral Commission,
INEC, to immediately issue
certificate of return to Akpan’s
Nigerian Pilot gathered that
the accident, which was a head
on collision with a commercial
bus coming from Makurdi Road
and a Mercedes Benz car with
registration number SMK 605 CD
coming from Enugu.
It was further gathered  that
following the collision, the
vehicles burst into flames and
challenger, Bassey Etim, as well
as ordered the National Assembly
to swear-in Etim as the senator for
Uyo senatorial district.
The court faulted the primary
election that produced Akpan
as flag bearer of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP,and
subsequent election that made
him senator.
In a press statement in Abuja
yesterday by the group’s national
co-ordinator, Ali Abacha said
the nullification of the senatorial
election was given in good faith
and about five persons were
burnt beyond recognition while
others sustained various degrees
of injuries.
According to the Enugu State
Police Public Relations Officer,
Ebere Amaraizu, prompt arrival of
police operatives from Obolloafor
Division saved further accidents
as they promptly removed the
without any form of bias.
“This is victory for democracy
and triumph of the independence
of the judiciary capable of ending
the culture of impunity which
currently rules our body polity.
By this judgment, the judiciary in
Nigeria has once again lived up to
public expectation as the last hope
of the common man,” he said.
The coalition called on Senator
Akpan to “be bold enough to
accept this judicial decision
in good faith,”adding that the
judgement would serve as a warning to politicians who are in
the habit of seeking more than one
elective office in the same election
year as in the case of Akwa Ibom
North-East senatorial election
where Senator Albert aspired
for both the governorship and
senatorial seats the same period.”
Sen. Akpan, who purportedly
won election on the platform
of the PDP ,was asked by the
court to refund all salaries
and entitlements he had so far
collected as senator from the
National Assembly.