- A former aide of Senator Akpabio, Etekamba Umoren, said he is confident of his former principal's victory at the tribuna
- Akpabio lost host senatorial re-election bid to the PDP
- Umoren, however, said evidence abounds that the results were manipulated at the collation centre in favour of the PDP candidate
Etekamba Umoren, a former secretary to the Akwa Ibom state government, has expressed confidence that Senator Godswill Akpabio will reclaim his mandate at the election tribunal.
Umoren, who was SSG during the governorship tenure of Akpabio, said on Tuesday, March 26, in Uyo that evidence abounds to prove that the Akpabio won the senatorial seat for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district at the National Assembly elections.
According to Daily Trust, he said results collated from the field showed that Akpabio won in the 11 wards in Essien Udim local government area, but election results were cancelled in the places where the APC won.
He alleged that INEC officials declared the results in favour of the PDP candidate, Christopher Ekpenyong, adding that the tribunal would prove that Akpabio won, and not Ekpenyong.
“APC candidates won at the fields and collation centres but lost in the process of declaring the results by INEC officials; this is unacceptable to us. We have all the evidence and I want to assure you that Senator Akpabio will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a sociopolitical organisation based in Akwa Ibom state, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), alleged that the leadership of 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.
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