The immediate Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, is backing Ntokekpo’s faction.

The faction also conducted the primary that declared Akpabio as the APC candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West.

Ten persons had contested for the office of the state chairman of the APC in Akwa Ibom on October 16, 2021, while 1,794 delegates voted in the congress.

Austin Ekanem who has the support of former national secretary of the APC, John Akpanudoedehe had the highest number of votes cast, 1,278, according to the INEC document, followed by Otu Toyo, with 190 votes.

Another candidate, Udeme Ekot, had 50 votes.

Ntukekpo who is being accused of forgery had six votes, even when he did not participate in the congress.

However, he approached a Federal High Court with a “summary result sheet” of the state congress, which showed him as the elected chairman of the party in Akwa Ibom. 

Banki, who headed a seven-man committee that conducted the congress alerted the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS), also known as the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chairman of INEC that his signature was forged by Ntukekpo in the court document.

In the forged document, the suspect who had 006 votes changed it to 1006 while that of Ekanem was falsified to read 278 instead of 1,278 votes.

In a police report seen by SaharaReporters, Ntukekpo was recommended for prosecution by the police legal department.

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