How Akpabio Masterminded the rigging and Militarization of elections in Akwa Ibom – Essien Udim State Holders
The People Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Essien Udim, the home Local government area of Senator Godswill Akpabio has disclosed how Senator Akpabio used Military to supervised violence and rigging in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The Stake holders who disclosed this on Wednesday during a World Press Conference held at the NUJ Secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital noted that Akpabio assaulted INEC officials, Ad-hoc Staff and voters during the just concluded Governorship and State Assembly election in the State.
The Stake holders urged Akpabio to desist from further advertising his declining and dwindling political status in the Country by false Press interviews that deepen his failing image before reasonable thinking members of the Nigerian society.
The Statement reads:
“The Stakeholders, Leadership, Party Executives and Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Essien Udim Chapter, after a well attended Party meeting today, 13th March, 2019 have resolved to grant this Press Conference to put records straight and inform the Nigerian public on the militarization of Democracy, rigging of Elections and assault on INEC officials, Ad-hoc Staff and Civil voters by Senator Godswill O.Akpabio and his killer squad on Essien Udim Local Government Area during the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections of 9th March, 2019. We wish to state as follows:-
“1. That after INEC had distributed materials to the Voting Units and Points; Senator Godswill O. Akpabio used Military men in Armoured Vehicles and “Policemen” in 6 Hillux Vehicles to pack Election Materials and Ad-hoc Staff of INEC in some Wards and Units into his Coaster Bus and took them to the compound of Barr.Ibanga Akpabio where APC members thumb-printed the ballotpapers in favour of APC. The Wards/Units affected were asfollows:- (i) All the Units in Ukana West Ward 2(ii) All the Units in Ukana West Ward 1(iii) All the Units in Ukana East Ward1
(iv) All the Units in Ekpenyong Ward 1(v) All the Units in Odoro Ikot Ward 2.
“The above malpractice was immediately reported by PDP Agents in the Units, Wards and Local Government to the Electoral Officer,Essien Udim Local Government Area in writing.
“2. That Senator Godswill O. Akpabio used his brother, SUPOL Idorenyin Akpabio, who is O/C, Anti-Robbery at the Akwa Ibom State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, in company of other policemen to shoot gun from Unit to Unit in the said Wards of the L.G.A to carry INEC materials and arrest some PDP supporters who were detained on that Election Day at Essien Udim Divisional Police Cell, Nto Nsek. Those detained were only released at thenight of the Election Day.
“3. That the Electoral Officer, EO and Returning Officer of INEC in Essien Udim at about 10.00pm on the Election Day, together with the Collation Officers in the Collation Room were seriously beaten up by Senator Godswill O. Akpabio and his killer squad of SUPOL Idorenyin Akpabio, Chief Godwin Afangideh, Barr. Ibanga Akpabio,Hon. Emmanuel S. Akpan, Elder Ntiedo Usoro, Mr. Steve Leo Akpan, Hon. Ndifreke Idung, Rtd. Brigadier Etido Essien Ekpo,Hon. Raphael Udoma, Mr. Udim Akpan Udousoro, Mr. Emmanuel Inyangetor, Mr. Akan George, Barr. Paulinus James Idio, Mr.Joseph C. Tombere and Hon. Nse Effiong Ntuen who was theAPC candidate for the State House of Assembly. These INEC officials were held hostage under gun-point to change results ofthe Election of the Wards already collated that didn’t favour APC.
“4. That before the Election, Hon. Nse Effiong Ntuen had been boasting openly that as far as APC is concerned, the Elections will be “do or die”. We have a video clip to support this position.
“5. That Senator Godswill O. Akpabio, Hon. Nse Effiong Ntuen, Mr.Michael Ntuen and Mr. Promise Osso went into the CollationRoom of INEC and assaulted Barr. Imo-owo Okpokpo, PDP Local Government Collation Agent by beating him with weapons andplastic seats.
“6. That the Chapter Chairman of PDP, Hon. Cyril P. Udoh was macheted and beaten by Senator Godswill O. Akpabio and his team who had taken over the Electoral Officer’s Office. The said Chapter Chairman was hospitalized in a state of coma. Some other PDP supporters were also inflicted with serious injuries.
“7. That where the Elections actually held and results counted and collated, the PDP actually won the Elections. These included: Okon Ward, Odoro Ikot Ward 1, Ikpe Ward, Ekpenyong Ward 2, Afaha Ward and Adiasim Ward. That we have duplicate of Result sheets to authenticate this position.
“8. That the cancellation of Elections in 9 out of 11 Wards of Essien Udim L.G.A is the handwork of Senator Godswill O. Akpabio who used his gunmen to threaten INEC Officials to do so or loose their lives. Even the Results claimed to be released in 2 Wards of Adiasim and Ukana East are fake and do not represent the votesof the Electorate.
“9. That we reject totally the published Results of the 2 Wards of Adiasim and Ukana East as they were procured under duress.
“10. That we urge Senator Godswill O. Akpabio, our son, to desist from further advertising of his declining and dwindling political status in the Country by false Press interviews that deepen his failing image before reasonable thinking members of the Nigerian society.
“11. That we commiserate with Corps Members and other INEC statutory and Ad-hoc Staff who lost their valuables, identity cards,
hand phones, and other property as a result of the mayhem by Senator Godswill O. Akpabio.
“12. That one Mr. Itoro Ekpe who served as Presiding Officer at Ukana Ikot Ofok- Unit 020 in Ukana East Ward was seriously man handled by Senator Godswill O. Akpabio and his gang on that day and is now suffering from internal bleeding and is currently receiving treatment in a major Hospital in Uyo even when his phone was seized from him till date.
“13. That we are aware that Senator Godswill O. Akpabio hasinstructed his killer squad to kill any PDP Stakeholder in EssienUdim L.G.A, even after the Elections and we urge on the general public to note that in the event of any arrest, detention or death of any PDP Stakeholder suddenly, Senator Godswill O. Akpabio and his team should be held responsible.
“14. That our Local Government Collation Agent, Barr. Imo-owo Okpokpo had already written to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini on the Election malpractice and irregularities in Essien Udim L.G.A perpetrated by Senator Godswill O. Akpabio and his team and we are still expecting his response to the petition in which we had enumerated our prayers therein.
“15. That we are committed to INEC’s capacity to take steps to correctand act timely to redress the issues raised in this Press Conference in the interest of the avowed posture of INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible Elections in Nigeria.
“16. That we hereby congratulate and salute our uncommon Leader,Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Governor Akwa Ibom State for his epochal and resounding victory at the polls of 9th March, 2019 having been re-elected as Governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2019 – 2023. Never in the history of Politics in Akwa Ibom State has a Governor won an Election with such a landslide margin of victory.
“Your Excellency, we say Congratulations. It is ONLY GOD. Long Live the Peoples Democratic Party Long Live Akwa Ibom State Long Live Essien Udim Local Government Area.