The Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State has called for the prosecution of Bar. Ibanga Akpabio and Mr Emmanuel Inyangetor, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom over the violence and infractions that occurred in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom State during the court ordered rerun elections: Senate, House of Representative and House of Assembly in the area.
The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Comr Ini Ememobong conveyed the message while appearing as a guest in a TV programme in Abuja, Tuesday 28th.
Ememobong called on the Inspector General of Police to take action by calling on Mike Ogbizi, the DIG to produce the seventy nine hoodlums that were arrested in Esien Udim during the rerun; and, should make all of them face the full effect of the law.
It could be recalled that on Saturday, 25th January, 2020 during the rerun in Esien Udim, journalists and observers were denied entry into some polling stations. One of such places was The RAC Centre for the election: Independence High School, Ukana, the hometown of Sen. Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. This, according to the PDP, was to aid the massive thumb printing and voting in favour of APC. Accredited journalists for the elections were manhandled and their gadgets were destroyed when they attempted covering the misdeeds that were ongoing there.
According to reports (with video evidences), materials and electoral personnel posted to Akpautong and Ukana Wards were hijacked and taken to the residence of Barr. Ibanga Akpabio(cousin to Senator Akpabio) with the help of some policemen.
Luck ran out of them as the DC Operations swung into action and led a team to the spot where the people were arrested.
This is the basis for the PDP’s call on the prosecution of those who were behind the act.
Comr. Ini Ememobong also noted that DIG Mike Ogbizi who was deployed to Akwa Ibom, came solely to execute the plans of the APC in the court ordered rerun, which was to rig and cause violence during the elections. According to Ememobong, Akpabio did not actually withdraw from the race; that his withdrawal announcement and that of his political sons were a mirage, to create a facade to perpetuate his ill intent.
Ememobong stated that his party: the PDP is a wining machinery that favours anyone under it. He said his party always puts its trust in God; and, as such, they have returned all Glory to God for the victory granted to them during the 2019 general elections and the just concluded court ordered rerun in Esien Udim.