Akpabio allegedly seeks Buhari’s help to change Akwa Ibom INEC REC
By Erasmus Akintola, Abuja
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Godswill Akpabio has allegedly sought Buhari’s direct intervention in changing the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini.
The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State have been bickering on the issue of redeployment of the INEC REC for Akwa Ibom state in the past few days.
To register their discomfort over the continued stay of Mr Igini in office as REC for Akwa Ibom State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had petitioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, calling for Igini, for alleged hatred for the party.
In the petition entitled: “Petition against Mike Igini, the REC in Akwa Ibom State for his unbridled partisanship and partially: A request for his redeployment to avert anarchy,” and signed by the APC state Chairman and Secretary, Ini Okopido and Augustine Ekanem, respectively, the APC said it had established that “in total violation of his oath of office and code of conduct for senior electoral officials, Igini is working hand-in-glove with Governor Udom Emmanuel, to rig, manipulate and influence the forthcoming elections in favour of the governor and his party, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP).”
But the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State through its secretary Harrison Ekpo in a counter-petition to INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu had insisted that the only crime of Mr Igini which is fuelling the calls and frantic efforts to get him redeployed has been his refusal
to “cooperate with the APC and its leaders especially, Chief Godswill Akpabio who has confessed that he has made several overtures to the INEC REC without success.”
However fresh facts have emerged that chief Akpabio may have not rested in his bid to get Mr Igini out of Akwa Ibom State as the former Akwa Ibom State Governor is allegedly said to have sought the help of President Buhari Chief of Staff Abba Kyari to help him sit with the President no matter the busy schedule so as to brief him on why the INEC REC must be redeployed to another state.
The former Senate Minority Leader is said to have told President Buhari that if he hopes to win Saturday’s election in Akwa Ibom, the only way out was to send Mr Igini out of Akwa Ibom State and bring in someone else who is “friendlier”
Efforts to reach Special Assistant to Senator Akpabio, Anietie Ekong on his Glo mobile number for comments on the issue were unsuccessful as the mobile operators said his number could not be reached.
Source: Daily Mirror