The All Progressive Congress, APC in Akwa Ibom State has withdrawn from the rerun election in the State as Akpabio surrenders to Senator Chris Ekpeyong.
The reason for this withdrawal is alleged perceived bias by electoral Umpire of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in the state.
This was announced by the State Chairman of the Party, Mr Ini Okopido few hours to the elections.
He said: “APC has withdrawn from the re-run election in Essien Udim local government area as we are dissatisfied with the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.”
“We have officially as a party withdrawn from the rerun elections in Essien Udim local government area. We are so dissatisfied with the conduct of INEC in Akwa Ibom State and we have withdrawn from the elections.
Recalled that APC had replaced Senator Akpabio with Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, which the INEC refused the substitution of such.
The Chairman stated that Senator Godswill Akpabio nor Ekperikpe Ekpo for the Senatorial District election and Nse Ntuen for Essien Udim State Constituency will not take part in the elections.
Akpabio refused to participated in ISD rerun election citing reasons of handling higher national assignment for President Buhari as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Meanwhile the re-run elections for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, ISD was supposed to be between Senator Chris Ekpeyong and Akpabio.
Akpabio to many political analysts are of the Opinion that Akpabio is scared of losing the election the second time.
While some are saying he does not want to bite the finger that fed him when he was nobody in politics.
Chris Ekpeyong was the former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom where Akpabio served as a Commissioner.
Notably, the election was to hold in only Essien Udim Local Government.
Akpabio needs more the 39,000 votes to defeats Chris Ekpeyong, but during the first election for the Senatorial and Presidential election, only 19,000 were accredited.