Despite losing all the states in the South South during the presidential elections last month, President Muhammadu Buhari is not giving up on the state. In fact, he says that the APC’s mandate was stolen in one state – Akwa Ibom. Speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, the president said that the APC is committed to reclaiming the mandate that was allegedly stolen from the party during the elections.
Represented by vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the president questioned the results of the election, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of robbing the party of its votes in the state.
“What happened on the 23rd of February was robbery. The votes of the people were stolen, but we are not deterred. We have come to affirm that no robber will go unpunished, but when an electoral umpire is corrupt and collude with the opposition, we have the witnesses and we have lawyers to deal with that,” he said.
Senator-Elect Ekpeyong celebrates: Meanwhile. Chris Ekpeyong, the winner of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District elections and the man who beat Godswill Akpabio, has said the people of the district rejected Akpabio because of his inability to function at the senate, and also the fact that Akwa Ibom is a state fully rooted in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Backstory: The senator elect, made this known in an exclusive interview with Vanguard Newspaper, where he described his win as an act of God and the will of the people.
“So how it happened is that the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district rejected Godswill Akpabio as the senator representing them because for the past three and half years he has not represented them well,” he said. “We have not seen any bill that he has actually produced that will better lots of the people, or change their circumstances…… and again when you look at three and half years he has been in the Senate and then you add it to the eight years he was a governor of the state with bumper resources at his disposal, he could not leave any sustainable, economic project that will make the people remember that there was a time they had a governor, and a senator.”
Bottom Line: The presidency seems invested in Akpabio’s election. We reported how Akpabio got a strange court order on Friday not long after he met with the country’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, in Abuja. The APC believes that Akpabio is in play for the governorship, which is why the VP was dispatched to the state.