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42 Parties In Akwa Ibom Laud Igini, Say Election Result Was Peoples Will



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42 political parties in Akwa Ibom have praised the conduct of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in the state, Mr. Mike Igini in conducting what it Wednesday claimed as an election that reflected the will of the people of the state.

The 42 parties in a joint statement made available to dismissed the assertion of the All Progressives Congress, APC that the election was in any way rigged even as they called for unity in the state.

The chairmen spoke under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC.

They said:

“One indisputable lesson in the just concluded elections in Akwa Ibom State is the majesty of God in the affairs of man and of course, the unflappable will of the people to determine who rules them.

“Democracy is about the supreme will of the people, it is not an exercise that is conducted under duress or through the nozzle of the gun or the sharp edges of the bayonet. The results of the elections are the true reflection of the wishes of the people.

“And we feel proud that in our lifetime, credible and people-centric elections could and were held and the voices of the people and their votes mattered”

Rebuffing the claims of the APC that the election was rigged, they said:

“While APC,  out of over sixty political parties operating in Akwa Ibom State relied more on the aid of security agencies which they had termed “Federal Might”, the PDP was entrenched within the grassroots and when the time came, they rose in unison and voted for the party, and went ahead to defend their mandate. 

“Akwa Ibom people rose in unison across the three senatorial districts and told the world loud and clear that in the God of Udom Emmanuel, they trust. But we have read with dismay the concerted efforts by the opposition APC to attack and assail the integrity and character of the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Mr. Mike Igini.

“We wish to use this opportunity to condemn in no uncertain terms the concerted and maliciously organised attacks on this noble and upstanding Nigerian patriot. 

“Mike Igini deserves our praise and gratitude for standing up to what is right and ideal; he refused to be compromised and stood his grounds on doing only what was right and noble. INEC should be proud of the likes of Mike Igini”, it stressed.

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