The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has adjudged the just concluded Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Akwa Ibom State as most peaceful and credible of all the polls conducted in the previous years in the state.
IPAC, which is the umbrella body of over 50 registered political parties in the state, said it is in a good position to appraise how the election was conducted since it was not only monitoring and observing the proceedings but was an active participant in the process.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Uyo, the IPAC chairman, Ekomobong Akpan, commended Akwa Ibom people for coming out en masse to vote for their preferred candidates even in the midst of alleged intimidations and monetary inducement by some political thugs and the security agencies.
According to him, “The Presidential, National Assembly as well as the just concluded Governorship and State House of Assembly elections were peaceful in Akwa Ibom State, even though there were outright intimidations and harassments in some parts of the state by those who claimed to be agents of the security agencies. The people refused to give in to the intimidations and went out peacefully to exercise their civic responsibility.
“We feel proud that in our lifetime, credible and people-centric elections could and were held and the voices of the people and their votes mattered.”
Akpan said with the expression of the people through the ballot, PDP had come to stay in Akwa Ibom State and prayed that soon one of the political parties in IPAC would enjoy the followership that the PDP enjoys in the state.
“The election proved one fundamental point: that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had a commanding almost cult-like followership in Akwa Ibom State and the results announced are the true reflections of that deep sense of fidelity to the party by the people,” he said.
The chairman wondered why the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state would not accept defeat when it was clearly defeated by PDP in the state.
He also condemned the attacks on the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the state, Mike Igini by the APC, saying that the REC deserved to be commended for conducting credible elections.
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