Godswill Akpabio will not be returning to the senate to represent Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district.
The senator, who contested under the All Progressives Congress (APC), lost to Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a wide margin.
He secured only 83,158 votes as against 118,215 votes of Ekpenyong.
Akpabio’s defeat was shocking to many being that the senator was believed to have a massive influence in the state.
As a former governor, he prides himself as the “uncommon senator” whose “uncommon defection” from the PDP took many by surprise.
He had also resigned his position as the senate minority leader and joined the APC with a large number of supporters from the PDP. The senator is widely respected as one of the most influential politicians in Akwa Ibom and in the south-south region.
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