A 9-member Etim Ekpo Legislative Council this afternoon unanimously declared vacant the seat occupied by Hon Usen John Akpan who defected to the APC yesterday at the country home of Senator Godswill Akpabio, in Essien Udim LGA.

This decision was taken pursuant to Section 32(1) (g) &(2) of the Local Government (Administration) Law of Akwa Ibom (CAP 8).

The House also directed AKISIEC to take steps to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy so created.

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