Akpabio who dominated the state from 2007-2015, was first elected from the district in 2015 after the expiration of his two phrases as governor.
Just lately, he was appointed into President Muhammadu Buharis cupboard andis presently serving because the Minister for Niger-Delta.
Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) was initially declared winner of the election by INEC, however Akpabio challenged the choice on the election tribunal.
He misplaced on the tribunal and challenged the choice on the Court of Appeal, which declared him the winner right now, successfully ending the lengthy and tenuous battle for the senatorial seat.
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