Sen. Godswill Akpabio Wins APC Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Ticket

By Damilare Adeleye

Godswill Akpabio, a presidential aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded primary election, has been declared winner of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial primary.

It was learnt that the former Minister for Niger Delta Affair clinched the party's ticket during a re-run primary conducted on Thursday night June 9, 2022 at the Godswill Akpabio Empowerment Centre in Ikot Ekpene local government area.

The initial primary conducted on May 28, 2022, for the senatorial district was nullified following security infractions during the exercise.

It was learnt that Akpabio polled a total of 478 votes out of the 512 delegates accreditated for the exercise.

Meanwhile, his rivals, Sir Joseph Akpan scored only one vote and the former Deputy Inspector General of Police Ekpoudom who initially won the first primary this time scored three votes.

Akpabio, at the venue of APC special Convention, had stepped down for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who later emerged as winner of the party's presidential flag-bearer.

Speaking shortly after he was declared the winner, Godswill Akpabio expressd gratitude to the delegates for their support and for finding him worthy to fly the flag of the party for the 2023 election.

In his words: “I thank the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district for finding me worthy to be given another opportunity to contest for senatorial seat in the Senate. I recall when you gave me the first mandate in 2015 to 2019.

”I recall that there is no Senator ever that did the kind of empowerment I did for you. I know a lot of projects were done across the ten local government areas, from markets to water projects, to electricification project, to building of classroom blocks,”