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Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must accept and publish the name of Godswill Akpabio as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district in 2023. This is the order of a federal high court in Abuja.

Godswill Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, had been listed by the APC as candidate for Akwa Ibom north-west. However, in the list published by INEC, Akpabio was said to have been excluded. The APC and Akpabio approached the court to seek redress.

The former minister was in the race for the APC presidential ticket, but dropped his bid to support another candidate.