- Senator Akpabio's kinsmen have accused him of terrorising them with soldiers during the recently concluded elections
- The senator's kinsmen also accused him of sponsoring thugs to cart away election materials and kidnap ad hoc workers
- Reacting to the allegation, Akpabio accused the opposition of using his people to attack him
Prince Ukpong Akpabio, a cousin to Senator Godswill Akpabio, has recounted how the senator, with the help of the military, terrorised the people of Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom during the March 9 election.
In a communiqué signed by the stakeholders and leaders of the community, and read by Imo-owo Okpokpo, the people accused the senator of rigging the March 9 elections.
The communique read:
“Essien Udim people condemn the electoral offenses 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 militarisation, rigging and assault on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The atrocities include carting away of electoral materials and kidnapping of INEC ad hoc workers, with military help, to the home of Ibanga Akpabio.
“Senator Akpabio and his cohorts, apart from assaulting INEC workers, also beat and machete some PDP faithful to unconsciousness."
“His declining and dwindling political status through interviews as such will continue to deepen his failing image. We have totally rejected him as a people."
However, Senator Akpabio has denied this allegation. The senator accused the opposition of using the people to attack him.
The senator's aide, Anietie Ekong, said: "The people are hired political merchants and contractors who have been procured to denigrate Senator Godswill Akpabio to diminish him for a token. But it is a futile attempt.
“The allegations are spurious, baseless and unfounded. They can gloat over the pyrrhic victory recorded by the PDP, but Akwa Ibom people know that never in the history of the state have we witnessed such heist and electoral robbery aided by a compromised umpire like in the last election."
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom on Tuesday, March 12 called on security agencies to arrest the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere and Senator Akpabio for alleged electoral offences.
The party alleged that Ekere and Akpabio committed the offences during the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday, March 9.
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