The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has rejected the creation of 39 new political wards by the State Independent Electoral Commission, saying that it has no powers to do so.
The party’s position was made through a statement by APC’s State Publicity Secretary, Nkeruwem Enyongekere, in Uyo Thursday. He described the exercise as dubious, illegal and unilateral and urged Akwa Ibom people to disregard it.
Nkeruwem Enyongekere said that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowered only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to create wards.
He cited the Supreme Court’s nullification of similar wards creation in Cross River State to buttress the party’s position.
“In line with the resolution of the State Working Committee issued at its meeting of July 28,
“The All Progressives Congress, Akwa Ibom State chapter, rejects in totality the dubious, unilateral and illegal creation of 39 electoral wards in the state by Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission as announced by its Chairman, Mr Ikoiwak on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
“The party, therefore, calls on Akwa Ibom people to disregard this illegality, as the state has no such powers to create electoral wards.“