AKHA Rerun: INEC Commends Peaceful Election Conduct
The Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Gabriel Ada George, has commended the peaceful conduct of the just concluded elections for the state House of Assembly.
He made the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Nung Udoe, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, where he went to inspect the conduct.
Mr George said there were few instances of skirmishes but insisted that the security agents where fully on ground to maintain peace and orderliness.
The Election ended with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) in all units and polling units in the early results of the election monitored by reporters.
A chieftain of the party, Arc Otu Ita Toyo, blamed the defeat of the APC on the poor support from the state leadership, and advocated the restricting of the party in the state.
Earlier, the APC candidate in Oron/Udunguko, Mr. Victor Ini Okon, had announced his withdrawal from the race and congratulated the eventual winner Mr. Effiong Okon Bassey.
Apart from one campaign in Ibesikpo Asutan led by Mr. Umana Umana, the APC has shown considerable apathy in the elections, creating an impression that they were hoping for a miracle to win.
At Edem Ekpat in Etinan, the APC candidate, Unyime Ekwerre, was seen all alone without any supporter and he eventually lost at his unit.