REC denies manipulating presidential, NASS election results in Akwa Ibom
Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini has denied manipulating the Presidential and National Assembly election results in the state.
Mr Igini made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Saturday.
He said the allegation was not true and that the election was not manipulated.
Mr Igini said that elections were won and lost at the polling units, saying the REC would not be at the polling units from the beginning to the close of the polls.
“The allegations are incorrect, we have a total of 2,980 polling units, I was not in any these polling units from the opening to the close of the polls.
“I have no vote to give nor will I allow anybody to manipulate the election process,” Mr Igini said.
He noted that the commission had put in place anti-rigging devices to check election malpractice in the state.
Mr Igini explained that the strength of the political parties were determined on the election day at the polling units.
“No politician will know the level of presiding and collation officers in the state,” he said.
“They can no longer be the ones to supply ad-hoc staff that function in those categories,” Mr Igini said.
The Akwa Ibom REC noted that the era when politicians were writing results had ended in Akwa Ibom, saying that politicians before now carried result sheets to their houses, thumb print and re-write results.
“What they used to do in time past is to write results but it is now that they allow people to vote their conscience,” he said.
“The era of writing results on behalf of the good people of Akwa Ibom is gone forever,” Mr Igini said.
Reacting, Ita Enang, the Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters, said there were several irregularities during the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
“The results in Akwa Ibom do not in any manner reflect the true voting and will of the people of the state.
“Throughout the course of the campaign, I tried to personally avoid castigating INEC, I have aligned myself with all the complaints that we as a party made against the Akwa Ibom REC.
“And I have thought that in the course of the elections that he will display what I thought I knew about him in terms of integrity but the last elections of February 23, is the lowest low,” Mr Enang alleged.