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Uyo boils as PDP win gov polls

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 9:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri –  Correspondent, Uyo 


A civil war scenario was on Sunday afternoon painted in some parts of Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital as supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) took to the streets in protest of Saturday polls. The violent protest erupted when it became evidenced that the collated results for the Saturday gubernatorial polls, which was beamed live on AKBC television was in favour of PDP.

Udom  Emmanuel of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the Saturday April 11 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State. PDP swept a total of nine hundred and ninety six thousand, and seventy one (996071) votes to win the 14 other political parties in the race, with APC emerging next.

Prior to the final declaration of the result, took to streets in protest of such outcome, blocked roads from INEC office in Udo Udoma Avenue to four lanes with violent attack on vehicles. They called for cancellation of Saturday governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Complaining that there was no election in most parts of Uyo Senatorial district, the irate APC supporters threatened to create serious hostility in the state, till arrangement is made to re-run the election in the affected parts of the state.

Condemned tyres were burnt right in the middle of the road, even as residents of the area and those returning from churches were seen fleeing the area for safety. This situation was however brought under strict control as security agencies immediately deployed men to oversee the situation to check escalation.

It could be recalled that stakeholders of the APC on Saturday barred members of the party from participating in the election, over insistence on original result sheets, even as they alleged that what was made available by INEC were fake result booklets.

Notable among these ones was the APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr Umana Umana whose constituent members in Nsit Ubium voilently destroyed sensitive electoral materials in protest of ‘fake result blooklets’. In Uyo, same instruction ?was issued in most of the APC strongholds and protests, maiming and killing rather replaced accreditation and voting.

Another APC supporter who encouraged protest against the issue of result booklet was Sen. Ita Enang. While interacting with correspondents in Ibiono, he insisted that the result sheets provided were photocopied; adding that only two units in the entire area were issued with result sheets.

Reacting to the protest by the youth, the Senator-elect, Uyo senatorial district, Mr Bassey Albert Akpan expressed disappointment that Sen. Enang whom he considered an elder statesman could instigate some irate youths against the process. He appealed to the electorates to conduct themselves peacefully, and pledged his party’s preparedness to concede victory if the outcome of the election does not turn out in favour of PDP.