A former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Sunyiekekere Inokon, has opened up on how he was beaten up by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio and his thugs at the local government collation center in Afaha Ikot Ebak during the General Elections last year.

The state deputy chairman while fielding questions on a live radio programme in Uyo on the court ordered rerun election in Essien Udim LGA said apart from his polling unit, Afaha Ikot Ebak, fake results from Nto Nsek Village Hall, Ikot Akpan Eka and other polling units were brought for submission by a jittery INEC official, and when he questioned the validity of the results, Senator Akpabio, who had just arrived the center, personally beat him up before tossing him over to thugs.

“Senator Akpabio was the first person that slapped me twice before handing me over to thugs who beat me to stupor. I can say that it is only God that saved my life.

“Akpabio approached me and asked if I was the one who appointed him (Governor Udom Emmanuel) as  Secretary to the State Government or whether I was the one who made him the governor and why I should dare question his actions.

“I do not know how the questions were connected with what was happening. He should have known that I am the Deputy Chairman and local government agent of PDP and I was there to ensure everything was done according to stipulated guidelines, ” Inokon said

“I was attacked at the collation centre in Essien-Udim by some guys who dressed in different forces uniforms. I was beaten mercilessly and I passed on. But all the same, I did my job and I left the rest to God because I couldn’t have shied away from my responsibility because of intimidation”.

On the court ordered rerun conducted by INEC in Essien Udim LGA on January 25, 2020, the deputy state Chairman said apart from pockets of irregularities in some polling units in Ukana West 2, election was peaceful.

He noted that the PDP had consulted electorates before the election, and admonished them to conduct themselves according to INEC guidelines and the law.

Mr. Inokon explained that the APC’s media attacks on the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mr Mike Igini “is because the APC is uncomfortable with the strictness of the REC on free, fair and credible election which is not in their agenda”.

While narrating how the APC boycotted the peace meeting of Essien Udim  stakeholders summoned by the Traditional Rulers of the Local Government ahead of the rerun election, he frowned at the police for allegedly releasing the 79 election thugs arrested at the residence of Mr. Ibanga Akpabio in Ukana Ikot Ntuen during the elections.

Inokon was of the opinion that the security  and judiciary system need to be strict on ensuring stiff penalties for election offenders as a deterrent to others.

“PDP is always saying things the way it goes rightly, and right from 1999 till date, I have never defect to any other party because PDP is the only sure party as far as Akwa Ibom State Chapter is concerned.”

Continuing, Hon. Inokon thanked the leader of PDP, Governor Udom Emmanuel for introducing God into the system and for charting a peaceful course for the state.


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