By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
The former minister was in the race for the party’s presidential ticket but he later dropped his bid for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, APC presidential candidate.
Akpabio was first elected into the Senate between 2015 and 2019.
A retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udom Ekpoudom, had initially won the senatorial ticket.
However, the primary was annulled over alleged irregularities.
Speaking on Thursday night after the rerun, Akpabio said no lawmaker has done what he did for the district between 2015 and 2019.
“I thank the Akwa Ibom North West Aenatorial District for finding me worthy to be given another opportunity to represent you in the Nigerian 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 10 local government areas, from markets to water projects, to electrification projects, to building of classroom blocks,” Akpabio said.