Report available to Radar Newspaper’s desk has it that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abuja, has issued Hon. Bassey Etim, the Certificate of Return for Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) Senatorial District currently being occupied by Senator Bassey Albert Akpan.
The INEC, this paper learnt acted in compliance to the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo and presided over by Justice Fatun Riman.
The court had held that Hon Bassey Etim was the winner of the PDP’s primaries of 2014. The Court further ordered Senator Bassey Akpan to refund all monies paid to him as a senator of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
The court ordered INEC to issue Bassey Etim the Certificate of Return.
Radar newspaper could not get the reaction of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan before filing this report as he did not pick our calls or reply our text message to this effect.
But Radar newspaper spoke with an ally of Bassey Etim, Mr idorenyin Jacot, who confirmed the development, saying; “the next step is for Senator Bassey Etim to present himself to the Senate for swearing in as soon as possible, because the seat of Uyo senatorial district cannot be vacant.”