Senator Godswill Akpabio has said he will challenge his defeat in Saturday’s in Ikot Ekpene senatorial election at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
The former Akwa Ibom State governor, who sensationally defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress last year, was beaten by PDP’s Chris Ekpenyong.
Ekpenyong, who was Akpabio’s deputy when the APC chief was governor, polled 118,215 votes to win the election. Akpabio, who currently represents the district at the National Assembly, scored 83,158 to place second.
The result was announced at the INEC headquarters in Uyo instead of Ikot Ekpene because of the alleged security threats in the area.
But Akpabio, who spoke on The Verdict, a live programme of Channels Television on Wednesday, said he would challenge Ekpenyong’s victory at the tribunal.
The lawmaker said, “I won. It’s a temporary setback. That is why there are processes. For instance, if you feel that you were cheated or the collation was wrong, you have recourse to the courts. I did not fail; I can’t fail.
“I believe strongly that there must have been some wrong collation somewhere. Those things will be corrected. We have processes in the election. It’s from one stage; we have to do registration, vote and collate.
“As far as there is a mistake anywhere, you go to court and get your mandate. My mandate is somewhere waiting for me. My people know that I can’t fail an election.”