- A group in Akwa Ibom has stated that the APC was not prepared for the governorship election in the state
- The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement said the APC was instead depending federal might to muscle their way into power
- The group also accused the APC of plotting to arm twist judiciary officials sitting on the election petition tribunal
A sociopolitical organization based in Akwa Ibom state, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), has stated that the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state was not prepared for elections but instead depended on federal might to muscle their way into power.
The group was responding to the Akwa Ibom APC chairman's call for relocation of the state elections tribunal from Uyo to Abuja.
The APC leader, Ini Okopido, in a letter dated Thursday, March 21, had asked the Attorney General of the Federal (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, to relocate the state’s election petition tribunal to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The leader of AILM, Prince Emmanuel Sam, said APC lacks moral justification to point fingers at any person or organization, stressing that few honest members of the party have admitted honourably that their party did not prepare for the election.
He noted that typical of a bad loser, the APC has spared no effort at lamenting and trying to find faults in the electoral process that was copiously praised by local and foreign observers to be credible, free and fair.
His words: “The APC was not prepared for the election. Its leaders were only planning to intimidate, coerce and rob Akwa Ibom people of their inalienable right to choose freely at the polls. That prompted the craze at every of their campaigns, leaders of the party sung the fabled "federal might."
“Nevertheless, everyone saw the might in the unprecedented massive deployment of military and police personnel to the state, incessant arrests of PDP stalwarts on trumped up charges before and during the election.
“There are evidences that the APC did not spare any arsenal at its disposal in its failed attempt to 'capture' Akwa Ibom state (using the words of APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole); but all the evil schemes failed through God's divine intervention.
“Consequently, if the party insists that the election 'was fraught with manifest irregularities and wide spread electoral infractions,' it is merely confessing to a crime it committed within a very limited area of influence, which as a matter of fact failed to affect the results from the entire state.
“We understand APC's grouse against INEC and its officials especially the REC, Mr.Mike Igini. It may be true that APC's onslaught against Igini was as a result of its inability to have the REC manipulate the election in their favour.
“A curious point that has perhaps eluded leaders of the party is that the federal government controlled INEC is already aware of the impeccable character of the REC. Therefore, it may take more than unsubstantiated accusations to indict him.
“There are still reasons to believe that had the party spent half of the resources it is spent to blackmail INEC in ward tours, its outing may not have been as miserable as it was. That at least would have given the party a fair basis to create more false claims ahead of election tribunal hearing than it is doing now.”
The group also accused the APC of plotting to arm twist judiciary officials sitting on the election petition tribunal, adding that the relocation request was so the party could have an influence on the tribunal members.
“On this, we insist that the Electoral Act is very clear on the location of election tribunal for states elections. We insist that Akwa Ibom state is peaceful and suitable for the election tribunal,” the group added.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom elders have commended the people of the state for voting massively for the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel, describing their action as a liberation for the state.
Speaking in Uyo recently on the outcome of the general elections in the state, the elders led by the chairman of Divine Mandate Campaign Organization, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, acknowledged the resolve of Akwa Ibom people to vote their choice during the polls.
The elders hailed the people of the state for defying intimidation and harassment during the entire duration of the exercise.
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