- The Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC ) has condemned the recent verbal attacks on Mr. Mike Iginni
- IPAC condemned the attacks on the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner, noting that elections in the state were peaceful
- The council maintained that Mr. Igini deserves praise and gratitude and not condemnation from anyone or group
The Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC ) has condemned the recent verbal attacks on the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Iginni.
The council maintained that Mr. Igini deserves praise and gratitude and not condemnation from anyone or group.
In a press statement by its media office sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 12, the group opined that Igini stop up for what is right and ideal by refusing to compromise the anyone during the election.
The council further noted that the conduct of elections in the state were peaceful.
“Igini refused to dance to the antics and blackmail aimed to attacking his sterling character and integrity especially from the APC. Mike Igini deserves the praise and commendations of Nigerians, INEC should be proud of likes of Mike,” IPAC noted.
IPAC maintained that its members are proud to note that a credible election was held and the voices of the people and their votes counted. in Akwa Ibom state.
The group disclosed that the presidential, National Assembly as well as the just concluded governorship and state house of assembly elections were peaceful in Akwa Ibom, but noted that there were outright intimidation and harassment in some parts of the state by those who claimed to be agents of the security agencies.
According to IPAC, the election proved that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has commanding almost cult like followership in Akwa Ibom state and the results announced are the true reflections of that deep sense of loyalty to the party by the people.
The group blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their failure, stressing that the party relied more on the aid of security agencies which they had termed “federal might,” while the PDP was entrenched within the grassroots, and when the time came, they rose in unison and voted their for the party, and went ahead to defend their mandate.
“That one indisputable lesson in the just concluded elections in Akwa Ibom state is the Majesty of God in the affairs of man and of course, the unflappable will of the people to determine who rules them.
“Democracy is about the will of the people, it is not an exercise that is conducted under duress or through the nozzle of gun or the sharp edges of the bayonet.
“Akwa Ibom people rose in unison across the three the three senatorial districts and told the world loud and clear that in the God of Udom Emmanuel, they trust. The results of the elections are the true reflection of the wishes of the people,” IPAC stated.
Similarly, the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has described the accusations against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state by the APC as baseless and misleading.
The AILM said contrary to the APC's stance, due process was followed by INEC throughout the electoral exercise.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, March 11, the leader of the AILM, Prince Emmanuel Sam, stated that, “contrary to the baseless allegations made by the APC, due process was followed by INEC and results of the governorship/house of assembly were duly collated at polling units, figures announced and relevant party agents signed before moving to Local government collation centres for onward submission at the headquarters.”
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