Akwa Ibom APC Governorship Ticket May Have Been Invalid

Going by the provision of Section 182 (1) g) of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates that “No person shall be qualified for election to the office of a governor of a state if still employed in the public service of the federation or any state, the joint ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Umana O. Umana and his deputy, Mr. Benedict Effiong Ukpong is invalid.

Though anyone vying for elective office is expected to have resigned, withdrawn or retired from public service employment for at least thirty days to the date of the election, documents obtained by Akwa Ibom Consolidated Political Action Committee (AIPAC) revealed that Mr. Ukpong has been collecting his monthly salary and allowances from his First Bank account from September 2014 to June 2015 as a staff of the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA).

Interested parties are already raising issues of constitutionality, morals and ethical matters against Effiong, who is also considered to have committed perjury, because he had told the world under oath, that he had fully resigned his employment with FCDA.

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