NASS poll: Akpabio denies allegations of planning to influence tribunal judges

NASS poll: Akpabio denies allegations of planning to influence tribunal judges

- Senator Godwill Akpabio has expressed displeasure over a news report that claims he is planning to influence the outcome of his petition before the election tribunal in the state

- Akpabio lost his bid to return to the Senate to Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party

- Ekpenyong is a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state

The lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom Northwest at the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has dismissed a news report alleging that he claimed to have the connection to influence the outcome of his petition before the election tribunal in the state.

Premium Times reports that the senator, who described the report as fake news, said those who produced and circulated the story wanted to use it “to intimidate and blackmail the members of the Akwa Ibom State election tribunal and sway them from the course of justice”. recalls that the senator was defeated in the National Assembly election by the former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, Chris Ekpenyong.

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In a statement by Akpabio's media aide, Anietie Ekong, the senator said: “The attention of the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been drawn to a malicious piece of fake news titled: ‘I will win at Appeal if tribunal judges refuse to perform – Akpabio,’ with an equally malicious rider, ‘says Appeal Court President in his palms.’

“We want to state categorically that Distinguished Senator Akpabio never at any forum or private discussion uttered any of these words mischievously ascribed to him. The article is political propaganda manufactured from the pit of hell."

The senator said: “Our suspicion is that having accessed the quantum of unassailable evidence at the disposal of the election petition tribunal of how Senator Akpabio was robbed of his victory in the February 23, National Assembly election, these devious characters have resorted to underhand tactics to overawe the Judges from dispensing justice without fear and intimidation.

“We are of the belief that the sickening brazenness and impunity with which the election of Senator Akpabio as Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) was rigged cannot be left unchallenged.

“It is not just about Senator Godswill Akpabio. The right of the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District to freely choose their leader cannot be mortgaged on any account.

“What the authors of this fake news seek to do is the desecration of the judiciary on the altar of propaganda.

“Treating an arm of government with such disdain must be condemned by well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of democracy.

“Once again we are confident that justice will be done as no judge worth his onion will bow to childish propaganda."

Meanwhile, previously reported that former Senate leader and key contender for the Senate president, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, said he would remain in the race till the elections for the 9th National Assembly leadership are conducted, won and lost.

Senator Ndume stated this on Thursday, April 4, while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

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The senator said his insistence on contesting for Senate president should not be interpreted as a mark of disrespect for his party which has already endorsed Senate leader Ahmed Lawan for the position. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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