Electoral Commission, INEC,
said on Friday that it did not
disqualify, Mr Tonye Alalibo,
PDP candidate for Akuku-
Toru Constituency 11, from
participating in re-run election in
Rather, the Resident Electoral
Commissioner in the state, Mr
Aniedi Ikoiwak, said it was the
judgment of election tribunal and
Court of Appeal which excluded
the party and its candidate from
participating in the election.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday
recalls that the All Progressives
Congress candidate, Mr Fredrick
Anabraba, won the election for
the constituency with 2,970 votes.
Ikoiwak explained that two
days to the re-run, the commission
wrote to the state chapter of PDP
informing it that the party and its
candidate had been excluded in
the election.
“The decision was taken by the
commission in compliance with
the judgment of the tribunal and
that of the Court of Appeal,” he
The commissioner said
insinuations that the commission
deliberately disqualified the
candidate was false and baseless.
He said the courts took the
decision and INEC complied.
Ikoiwak said the commission
would fix a date for repeat election
in the eight local government
areas where the exercise was
cancelled due to irregularities.