More than three weeks after the APC candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Nsima Ekere lost to Governor Udom Emmanuel in the Governorship election tribunal, the former NDDC Managing Director is yet to lodge an appeal at the Appeal Court.
According to a member of Ekere’s legal team who confided in this reporter after their meeting with his principal, the reason for the delay is because Nsima Ekere is allegedly in a high level lobbying with Alhaji Mohammed Bulkachuwa who is a senator from the APC to persuade his wife Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, the Appeal Courts President to give the APC a friendly panel of judges that will readily grant judgment in his favour.
Nsima Ekere is quoted to have said that he is trying to see how he can lobby Senator Bulkachuwa to come to terms with him.
The legal luminary explained that Nsima Ekere has not been able to meet up with the bargain, as the price is too exorbitant, and he has been fighting tooth and nail to see how to beg the man to give them a reasonable amount.
“Ekere wants to strike a deal first, to be sure that he does not waste his money any longer, given his first experience with the thugs on fake army uniform in the now infamous ‘walking stick, and Hilux van episode, during the 2019 Governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.”
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr. Udom Emmanuel winner of the 2019 Governorship election which was adjudged by both local and international observers who monitored the election in Akwa Ibom Sate as free, fair and credible.
The Governorship elections tribunal also confirmed the victory after a judicious scrutiny of the ballot papers and other electoral materials presented by INEC, following a petition by the APC candidate, Mr. Nsima Ekere.
It is not yet clear on what decision has been reached by the former deputy Governor, especially as Senator Godswill Akpabio who is said to be at the vanguard of the negotiations, has already registered his appeal against the victory of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.