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Group calls for suspension of Akwa Ibom REC

Posted: Apr 6, 2015 at 7:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri –  Correspondent, Uyo


Ibom Medallion, a socio-political organization, has accused the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to use security agents and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials to intimidate voters and allow PDP to be on the rigging spree.

For this reason, a call has been put across to the Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, to immediately suspend the Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Austin Okojie, pending when investigation is concluded on his role in the last election in the state.

The Inspector General of Police, the body said, should  caution and call to order the state police command.

In a statement by the socio-political organisation, signed by its Director General, Obong Iniobong Jackson and made available to Daily Independent over the weekend, the body claimed the result released by INEC during the just concluded presidential election in the state did not reflect the wishes of the electorate who voted massively for the APC.

“We wish to state, without any prejudice to the official result released by INEC, that the result of the poll – presidential, senatorial and houses of representatives elections did not reflect the wishes of the electorate who voted massively for the APC as the election was massively rigged with the instrument of Akwa Ibom State government in connivance with the security agents and the INEC officials in the state.

The body further requested that  INEC permanent and Adhoc staff be querried and warned to desist from perpetuating fraud and strive to show neutrality in the conduct of April 11 governorship, houses of assembly elections.

The organisation however used the medium to congratulate the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari for his resilience and tenacity of purpose, President Goodluck Jonathan for exemplary demonstration of statesmanship and Prof Attahiru Jega for courage in maintaining integrity expected on an unbiased umpire in the conduct of the presidential election.

Governor Akpabio had during his Easter message to the people of Akwa Ibom State preached peace, and while commending president Jonathan for his show of statesmanship reaffirmed that no individual’s ambition is worth the blood of his fellowman.

“I want to commend Mr. President for this powerful national lesson during this season of love and sacrifice. He lived up to his vow that no ambition was worth anybody’s blood. We should bear this in mind as we prepare to elect our next governor on April 11, 2015”.

While thanking Akwa Ibom people for electing their representatives to the Senate and the House of Representatives, Akpabio noted that the echoes of the principled stance that justice should be done to the good people of Eket Senatorial District, who have not tasted the gubernatorial office in 27 years of the State’s existence, should ring louder in this season of love, justice and sacrifice, admonishing “Let us play politics of inclusion and not exclusion in order to give all parts of our dear state a sense of belonging in the Akwa Ibom project”.