Akpabio’s Plots To Burn Down INEC Offices Uncovered
Emerging intelligence gathered have confirmed that former Senate minority leader, Sen Godswill Akpabio, in consent with the All Progressives Congress (APC) cohorts, have concluded plans to invade and burn down offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in several local government areas of Akwa Ibom State including the head office in Uyo the state capital.
This was contained in a press statement made available by Akwa Ibom elders in Uyo on Monday.
Speaking on behalf of the elders, former military governor of the state, Air Commodore, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, stated that Akpabio, who lost his reelection bid in the just concluded presidential and national assembly elections, is currently boasting to close allies that he has secured the aid of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 6 Division of the Nigeria Army in Port Harcourt, Major General Jamil Sarham, to maim and kill Akwa Ibom people as part of his efforts to truncate the wishes of the people.
He said, having failed to record any impact in the elections which has caused him his seat in the National Assembly, Akpabio has confided in his close associates that he must destroy the election materials and create a hostile atmosphere in the state.
“According to his boasts, the GOC and his army personnel are mounting pressure and intimidating INEC officials to allow him and his cohorts to alter elections results in favour of APC especially in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
“Against the backdrop of this boast, Akpabio has orchestrated victory celebrations despite the fact that the results are yet to be officially announced, which he lost woefully in eight out of 10 local government areas of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.”
It is worthy of note that Akpabio, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, secured 67,487 as against 136,373 votes for Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Given Akpabio’s antecedents, character and flippant tendencies, the elders have called on concerned Nigerians, the international and diplomatic communities to ensure that the integrity of the electoral process is protected and the wishes of the people allowed to stand to save democracy and allow the peace so far enjoyed in the state to continue to reign.
They are also calling on the present Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Chief of Army Staff, the Director General of the Directorate of State Security Services, and the acting Inspector General of Police to ensure that the lives and property of the general public, INEC staff and facilities, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members as well as their ad-hoc staff in Akwa Ibom State, are adequately protected from the malicious and devilish plans of Akpabio and his cohorts, who have been rejected by the people of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
The Akwa Ibom Elders however urged security agencies to desist from indiscriminate harassment and arrests of PDP stakeholders across the state, and, as a matter of urgency, ensure the release of those already arrested.
On his part, the Senator representing Uyo Federal Constituency, Obong Bassey Akpan (OBA), stated that there is no ambition that is worth the blood of Nigerians, saying, this is democracy and it is about the people. “We must respect the choices of our people. The will of our people must never be subverted.”
He charged the former Senate Minority Leader to borrow a leaf from the sitting Senate President, Sen Bukola Saraki, who lost his seat and has given in because of the will of the people likewise the current Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo as well as Sen Abiola Ajimobi, Sen George Akume, and Sen Barnabas Gemade.
OBA maintained that it is of utmost importance to respect the wishes of the people because they cannot represented without their consent. “If they have taken a position, no matter what, we must, as leaders, lead by example.”
Also present at the meeting were distinguished Senators Anietie Okon and Helen Esuene, Chief Nduese Essien, Sen Effiong Bob, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen and a host of others too many to mention.