Over 500 stakeholders, Party executives, and political leaders from Essien Udim Local Government have accused the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio for causing terror and violence during the last Governorship and State Assembly Elections in the state.
The stakeholders meeting was led by Senator Akpabio’s cousin, Prince Ukpong Akpabio in a world press conference held at the NUJ secretariat Uyo on Thursday.
A statement released by the stakeholders and leaders and read by Barr Imo-Owo okpokpo reads;
“Essien Udim people condemned in strong terms the various electoral offences and irregularities masterminded and perpetrated by Senator Godswill Akpabio and his cohorts in which almost all the election process in the area was marred by unlawful militarization, rigging and assault on INEC electoral officers.”
Among the atrocities committed by Senator Godswill Akpabio include carting away of electoral materials and INEC ad hoc staff in all the units of the 11 wards in the area, with the help of military men with armoured vehicles to the residence of Barr Ibanga Akpabio.”
The political leaders accused one Supol Idorenyin Akpabio of SARS in the company of other policemen shot at people indiscriminately, detained and maimed PDP supporters on the directives of Akpabio.
They further claimed that “Senator Godswill Akpabio with his cohorts apart from assaulting INEC staff also beat and machete some PDP faithful to the point of unconsciousness”
They further claimed that, “Senator Godswill Akpabio apart from assaulting INEC staff also beat and machete some PDP members to the point of unconsciousness
The stakeholders and leaders of Essien Udim maintained that in units where elections were not duly conducted, PDP won overwhelmingly and they have their result sheets intact describing any other result as fake and do not represent the votes of the electorates of Essien udim local government area.
They rejected the published results released by INEC so far in the state and also condemned the cancellation of results in nine wards in the council area.
Essien Udim people used the forum to call on Senator Godswill Akpabio to stop further advertising of “his declining and dwindling political status through various press interviews as such will continue to deepen his failing image. We have totally rejected him as a people”.
The Stake holders sympathies with the Corps members and other INEC staff who lost valuable items during the election ”perpetrated by Senator Godswill Akpabio,” stressing that Akpabio is still bent on killing some PDP stakeholders even as the elections are over.
They reaffirm their hope on INEC’s capacity to correct and address the election anomalies with her vowed commitment to conduct a free, fair and credible elections in the country.
However, Akpabio, through former press conference held by him alleged that the violence witnessed in Essien Udim during the elections was perpetrated by members of the PDP and not him.
source: Daily Post Nigeria