- The Akwa Ibom rerun elections held last weekend is still generating reactions in the state
- A foremost social-political group in the state has described the exercise as a victory for democracy
- The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement said the rerun result heralded the liberation of the people from a political siege
A group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, AILM, has described the outcome of the just concluded senatorial/federal and state constituencies rerun election in Essien Udim local government of the state as a victory for democracy.
This was contained in a press release signed by the secretary of the group, Solomon Abasiekong Esq., on Tuesday, January 28.
The group stated that the outcome of the election was very significant, stressing that “it heralded the liberation of the people from a political siege which held them bound for years.”
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party won all the contested seats in the state.
Abasiekong stated that the election also revealed the decline of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s political career, “and the end of his vice-grip on the state.”
“Akpabio may have hoped that defecting to the APC, would better his chances thus he deployed his goons and scare the electorate into doing his bidding, but Akwa Ibom people showed great courage in the face of threats to life,” he said.
“APC should know that for Akpabio to be defeated in his local government area in a rerun election conducted by INEC, shows that Senator Akpabio is roundly rejected in Akwa Ibom state,” the group added.
The group further said Akpabio’s defeat has marked him out as the most unpopular minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Recall that before the election, AILM called on security agencies to guarantee the safety of voters during the exercise.
The group in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, January 24, stated that there is palpable tension in the local government ahead of the primaries.
The group had also accused Akpabio of planning to cause violence during the election.
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