Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has declared that the Independent Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, would not be truthful to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the senatorial rerun.
The Minister claimed that with Igini as the umpire in the election, APC can not be victorious, mainly because, in accordance to him, the INEC main hates the occasion.
Akpabio also preserved that possessing taken bigger nationwide obligations as a Minister, he can not be a candidate in Akwa Ibom South West Senatorial rerun.
The Attraction Court docket in Calabar, the State money, experienced ordered a rerun election to be executed only in Essien Udim local federal government region.
The Unbiased National Electoral Fee, INEC, in Akwa Ibom State is insisting that it was too late for the previous Senate Minority Chief to withdraw from the race.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, and built readily available to reporters on Monday, the Minister declared his assist for a former member of the House of Associates, Ekperikpe Ekpo, who the APC picked as his replacement.
The assertion added, “APC had, by means of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the then performing countrywide secretary, Victor Giadom, in compliance with the necessity for 45 times recognize to be offered for the substitution of candidates, created to INEC chairman to submit Ekpo’s identify as Akpabio’s replacement in the election. This was acknowledged by INEC.
“Having withdrawn from the contest to face larger national duties, we caution political jobbers to desist forthwith from their planned smear strategies from Akpabio and unnecessarily heating up the polity.
“Akpabio will have no option than to invoke the complete weight of the regulation from any person who engages in any plot to smear his name by means of sponsored, fabricated petitions. A word is ample for the sensible.”
“We have no religion in Igini. Igini is a compromised official and avowed enemy of APC. We are distraught and doubtful of a change of posture and therefore cautious to go into a new election even though Igini continues to be the REC.
“Only a foolish survivor would question the exact same hired assassin to extract the bullet from his physique,” he reported.