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Witness narrates how Akpabio has been rigging elections since 2011

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Witness narrates how Akpabio has been rigging elections since 2011

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Ekpeyong Ekpeyong, yesterday testified against former Governor Godswill Akpabio at the National Assembly Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Appearing before Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition panel, Chief Ekpeyong alleged that Akpabio masterminded series of state sponsored violence in 2011 and only worsened the tempo in 2015.

According to him, Akpabio alongside Monday Uko, a former council chairman and currently serving Commissioner in the Udom led administration in the state, hijacked ballot boxes and stuffed them with multiple thumb printed ballot papers.

Attempts to stop Chief Ekpeyong from going on with his testimony by Barr. Uyobong, counsel to the PDP was overruled by the tribunal.

Chief Ekpenyong further alleged that Akpabio sent him and others on political exile since 2011 and as such he was not allowed to enter his hometown to vote.

“On April 11, 2015, immediately after accreditation, armed thugs stormed his unit and Ward and hijacked all electoral materials as well as kidnapped INEC staff on election duty,” Ekpenyong added.

Furthermore, he accused Akpabio of plotting to assassinate him in 2011 when he was to contest Ikot Ekpene/ Obot Akara/ Essien Udim House of Representatives seat.

“My Lord, they unleashed great mayhem on the rally ground, killed so many people in Ikot Ekpene and Uyo but God saved me and Udoedeghe while several others were not so lucky. It was the same violence of 2011 that was unleashed on April 11, only that this time, it was worse.”

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