The former minority leader of the senate, Godswill Akpabio, has claimed that he did not lose Saturday’s election despite the electoral commission’s declaration of Chris Ekpenyong as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district election.
Backstory: According to results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 118,215 votes ahead of Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 83,158 votes.
However, while speaking to journalists after the presentation of certificates of return to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, on Wednesday, Akpabio described the outcome of the senatorial election as a temporary setback.
“I won, I won, it is a temporary setback, that is why there are processes,” he said. “If for instance, you feel you were cheated or there was wrong collation, you resort to the court. For me I did not fail, I can’t fail. I believe strongly that there must have been some wrong collation somewhere, so those things will be corrected,” he added.
“We have processes in the election; it is from one stage now, we have registration, you have to vote, you have to collate and if there are mistakes anywhere, you go to court and get back your mandate. My mandate is solid and waiting for me. You know that I cannot fail election, I cannot fail. Do you expect me to fail? Won’t you love me to be your senator? I can’t fail.”