- The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement has described Senator Godswill Akpabio as a man allergic to free, fair and credible elections
- The group also accused All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains in the state of trying to scuttle the electoral process
- The group, however, hailed the Akwa Ibom people for their peaceful conduct during the election
The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has described Senator Godswill Akpabio as a man allergic to free, fair and credible elections.
This was the position of the group in a press statement sent to journalists by its leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam on Monday, February 25.
Prince Sam said, despite Akpabio’s unceasing antics of oppression, the people of the state have kept their heads above ground by demonstrating to the senator that no leader can do without his followers, hence his failure at the poll.
Reacting to the just concluded presidential and National Assembly’s elections in the state, he said Akwa Ibom people have taught Senator Akpabio a lesson he will not forget in a hurry.
The leader of the sociopolitical movement, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the free fair and credible elections, and Governor Emmanuel for the peaceful conduct of the exercise in the state.
According to him, Akwa Ibom people have never had such peaceful ambiance in any election.
Prince Sam said, that though the people of the state were subjected to sheer intimidation by the military, police and other security agencies attached to Senator Akpabio and other APC chieftains, they never relented in telling the world that Akwa Ibom is PDP.
He also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to temper with the collective will of Akwa Ibom people.
His words: “The just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections, gave Akwa Ibom gave electorates the opportunity to give their verdict on the performance of the current administration at the federal level and their representatives in the National Assembly. Akwa Ibom people are the true heroes of the last election.
“They defied intimidation and went out enmasse to cast their votes in spite of threats of war. They rose above intimidation by proponents of 'federal might'. They stood strong against a few selfish political characters, who abused their privileged position to instigate mayhem, bloodshed and violence during an otherwise peaceful electoral process.
“As the results of that generally peaceful, credible, free and fair election are being announced one after the other, we congratulate Akwa Ibom electorates for winning over lies and intimidation.”
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Meanwhile, some foreign observers have commended INEC and Nigerians for transparency and credibility of the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The team under the platform of Independent Foreign Observers at a press conference this Sunday, February 24, in Abuja said from the reports filed in by their observers deployed all around Nigeria, there was a high turnout of voters across the country.
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