The Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja Wednesday ordered fresh election in eighteen local government areas of the state.
The tribunal however upheld the credibility of the election results in the remaining thirteen local government areas.
Consequently, the tribunal ordered a re-run of election in the affected local government areas to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within 90 days.
In a seven-hour judgment, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Sadiq Umar held that 566,534 registered voters were disenfranchised in 18 Local Government Areas.
The affected local government areas are: Nsit Ubium, Nsit Ibom, Ibiono Ibom, Oron, Etinan, Udung Uko, Oruk Anam, Etim Ekpo, Onna, Uruan, Ikono, Ini, Ibesikpo Asutan, Nsit Atai, Eket, Ibeno, Ikot abasi and Uyo.
The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Umar said Governor Udom Emmanuel remains governor of Akwa Ibom State inspite of the nullification of election in eighteen local government areas.
Reacting to the judgement, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko said Counsels to Governor Udom Emmanuel will appeal the ruling in a higher court.
The Attorney General explained that the authority of Mr. Udom Emmanuel as governor of the state is not in doubt.