A group known as The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement has described Senator Godswill Akpabio as a man allergic to free, fair and credible elections, saying his defeat at the poll has shown that no leader can do without his followers.
The group in a press statement sent to journalists by its Leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam on Monday, February 25 said despite Akpabio’s unceasing antics of oppression, the people of the state have kept their heads above ground by demonstrating to Akpabio that no leader can do without his followers, hence his failure at the poll.
Reacting to the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly’s elections, he said Akwa Ibom people have taught Senator Akpabio a lesson he will not forget in a hurry.The leader of the sociopolitical movement commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the free fair and credible elections, and Governor Emmanuel for the peaceful political aura he created for people to vote freely.According to him, Akwa Ibom people have never had such peaceful ambiance in any election.
Prince Sam said, that though the people of the state were subjected to sheer intimidation by security agents attached to Senator Akpabio and other APC Chieftains, they never relented in telling the world that Akwa Ibom is PDP.He also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to allow desperate elements tamper with the collective will of Akwa Ibom people.
He said: ”The just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections, gave Akwa Ibom gave electorates the opportunity to give their verdict on the performance of the current administration at the federal level and their representatives in the National Assembly. Akwa Ibom people are the true heroes of the last election.”The defied intimidation and went out enmasse to cast their votes in spite of threats of war.
They rose above intimidation by proponents of ‘federal might’. They stood strong against a few selfish political characters, who abused their privileged position to instigate mayhem, bloodshed and violence during an otherwise peaceful electoral process.
”As the results of that generally peaceful, credible, free and fair election are being announced one after the other, we congratulate Akwa Ibom electorates for winning over lies and intimidation.”