UYO—Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC were last night engaged in a war of words over the process that led to the PDP triumphing in the presidential and National Assembly elections conducted in the state.
Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubabr won 28 of the 30 local government areas in the state, while President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC took two councils.
The election in Udung Uko was cancelled due to alleged dviolence and irregularities arising from snatching of ballot boxes, result sheets and card readers
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini commended the various stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the polls despite pockets of skirmishes in the state. He however bemoaned the destruction of INEC materials and attacks on the staff of the Commission by thugs working for the politicians.
‘’Those who are threatening our staff should stop it. The intimidation is getting too much. I am here to preside over the affairs of elections in this state. For the first time to ensure credibility of the elections, materials were deployed and there were destroyed and at a great loss to our country. The time to snatch ballot boxes and write results is over. If you can win, you will win’’, he said.
The APC, however, rejected the results.
Addressing the press after the collation of the results, Presidential Agent for APC, Bishop Samuel Akpan, alleged that the election was fraught with irregularities and completely short of democratic norms.
State Party Agent, Umana Umana said, ‘’the position of our party is well documented. The whole process of collation is not satisfactory to our party. Votes buying were experienced all over the state. We hope that the umpire will take note of the grievances in our petition. We are talking about the integrity of the process. We are saying that the umpire to be seen to be fair to all concerns.
A chieftain of the PDP, Senator Anietie Okon, while fielding questions from reporters on the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly polls applauded INEC for the use of card readers which he stressed, made the elections smooth and transparent.
‘’the deployment of digital technology has allowed to be verified and to be publicized as they happen’’, he said.
On the forthcoming governorship and state house of assembly polls, he said the PDP would still win because it is in total control of the polity. ‘’We are winning. It is a sealed affair because we in charge and you know we have the support of the people. Akwa Ibom people are standing and walking tall and proud because of the achievements of the governor and PDP government’’, he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Godswill Akpabio has lost bid to return to the Red Chamber as he was defeated by the former deputy governor, Dr. Chris Ekpeyong in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.