The Chairman of Akwa Ibom Elders Vanguard, Senator Anietie Okon alongside Prof. Emmanuel Onwiuduokit, have condemned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, over recent comments credited to them, which bordered on stealing of the mandate of APC in the just concluded presidential/National Assembly elections in Akwa Ibom State.
The duo also noted that the VP and the APC were just over bloating the competence of Senator Godswill Akpabio, noting that Akpabio lost his charisma and glamour as soon as he joined the APC in August 2018, in an attempt to seek cover for his numerous sins.
VP Osibanjo had on Monday during a thank you visit to the APC in the state claimed that APC mandate was stolen in Akwa Ibom and that it was totally impossible for Senator Godswill Akpabio to lose election in the state, considering his popularity.
In a joint interaction with selected journalists in Uyo on Wednesday, they said it was ridiculous for Osinbajo to have made such comments saying that such was an indication that the vice president was ignorant of the current state of affairs in the politics of the state.
According to Senator Okon, “Such utterances were callous and disrespectful to the values of people of Akwa Ibom
“When did he know that there was a stolen mandate here? The stolen mandate is in Sokoto, Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina. Let him go there and show preachment.
“For him to come here and desecrate the temple of truth by claiming that there was a stolen mandate is uncalled for.
“If he has nothing to say he should keep quiet and stop raising the tempers of decent people. He cannot call himself a pastor and a professor of law and there are desecrations and breaches of the basic principles of common conduct.
“When we are talking of the country burning, he is busy parading and pretending as if he is an expert in anything.
Rather than seeking ways of protecting the interest of those who have been murdered or those who have suffered carnage in Benue, he said we should return to prayers. What prayer is Osibanjo truly capable of?
On his own, the former commissioner in the state, Prof. Emmanuel Onwiuduokit, argued that Senator Akpabio was not better than Senator Bukola Saraki who conceded defeat in good faith in the national assembly election.
Onwuiduiokit further argued that there was no way Akpabio could have won the senatorial election having lost eight out of the ten local governments in his zone.
His words, “Is Akpabio better than Saraki that lost election and he left peacefully and heaven has not fallen? That somebody lost 8 out of 10 local governments and is still talking about stolen votes is ridiculous.
“The number of accredited voters in the card reader were 14,641. Out of that you claim to have 105, 000 votes. Are you a magician? Less than 15,000 people were accredited and you say people that voted were over 100,000. I mean it is shameful and a monumental fraud in embrace of APC
“Oshiomhole is from Edo State, and the sitting governor is APC, yet PDP won in the state, so why is he not questioning the outcome of the election. The only thing is that Akpabio has been elevated higher than his competence.
“The Vice President and the leaders of APC in an effort to massage the ego of Akpabio should know the dangers it portend to us because they are encouraging breakdown of law and order. All I know is that the fate of Akwa Ibom state will be determined by the Akwa Ibom people.”
On the renewed clamour for the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the state, Mike Igini, the Professor queried why the APC has been apprehensive over the integrity of the REC.
He said Mr. Igini’s track record of proven integrity in conducting credible elections have spoken volumes adding that PDP in the state was not afraid of any REC that may be deployed to conduct the governorship election in the state as far as the person would be neutral and professional.
“I have in good authority that the vice president arrived here with three national directors of INEC and supposed to be deployed to police the REC. We are not worried about that so far the policing will not mean influencing wrongly or clamping down on the will of the people as expressed in their votes. They are welcomed.”