A sociopolitical organization based in Akwa Ibom state, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, has said the leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC in the state was not prepared for elections but allegedly depended on “federal might” to muscle their way into power .
Reacting to the state APC Chairman’s call for relocation of Elections Tribunal from Uyo to Abuja, the Leader of the group, Prince Emmanuel Sam, said APC lacks moral justification to point fingers at any person or organization as few honest members of the party have admitted honourably that their party did not prepare for the election.
He noted that typical of a bad loser, the APC has spared no effort at lamenting and trying to find faults in the electoral process that was copiously praised by local and foreign observers to be credible, free and fair.
“The APC was not prepared for the election. Its leaders were only planning to intimidate, coerce and rob Akwa Ibom people of their inalienable right to choose freely at the polls. That prompted the craze at every of their campaigns, leaders of the party sung the fabled “federal might”. Nevertheless, everyone saw the might in the unprecedented massive deployment of military and Police personnel to the state, incessant arrests of PDP stalwarts on trumped up charges before and during the election.
“There are evidences that the APC did not spare any arsenal at its disposal in its failed attempt to ‘capture’ Akwa Ibom State (using the words of APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole); but all the evil schemes failed through God’s divine intervention.
“The party cannot obliterate from public record the disgraceful behaviour of its leader, the outgoing senator, Chief Godswill Akpabio, during the national and state elections in Essien Udim.
“Consequently, if the party insists that the election ‘was fraught with manifest irregularities and wide spread electoral infractions’, it is merely confessing to a crime it committed within a very limited area of influence, which as a matter of fact failed to affect the results from the entire state. We understand APC’s grouse against INEC and its officials especially the REC, Mr.Mike Igini. It may be true that APC’s onslaught against Igini was as a result of its inability to have the REC manipulate the election in their favour. A curious point that has perhaps eluded leaders of the party is that the federal government controlled INEC is already aware of the impeccable character of the REC. Therefore, it may take more than unsubstantiated accusations to indict him.
“There are still reasons to believe that had the party spent half of the resources it is spent to blackmail INEC in ward tours, its outing may not have been as miserable as it was. That at least would have given the party a fair basis to create more false claims ahead of election tribunal hearing than it is doing now.”
The leader of Always Ibom Liberation Movement averred that it is public knowledge that the APC is plotting to arm twist judiciary officials sitting on the tribunal, which he said is the reason the party has prayed for the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja its leaders believe “federal might” could have an influence.
“On this, we insist that the Electoral Act is very clear on the location of election tribunal for states elections. We insist that Akwa Ibom state is peaceful and suitable for the election tribunal.”