The defeated former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has boasted that he will reclaim his mandate through the Appeal Court. Information made available to our reporters say Akpabio is using fake photographs purported to represent imaginary violent situation in the Akwa Ibom in order to have the venue of the Election Tribunal moved from Uyo, the state capital to Abuja.
The fake pictures are said to have been manufactured by his devious cohorts. The senator is also reported to be boasting all over the place that he will single-handedly influence the outcome of judgement when the case gets to the Court of Appeal. He was quoted to have said: “I have already received the assurance from the husband of the President of the Court of Appeal, my dear brother and our party-the APC Senator-Elect for Bauchi North Senatorial District, Alhaji Adamu Bulkachuwa that he will prevail on the wife, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa to change the tribunal members and ensure that only those who are sympathetic to the APC will be made members of the tribunal.
“As I speak, I have the names of those who would be made members of the tribunal and President Buhari is aware of this.” Akpabio’s claim is surprising as it is a known fact that throughout the electioneering campaigns and the election proper, no single life was lost in Akwa Ibom.
In spite of the intimidation and harassment from security agencies, the Akwa Ibom people were civil and resolute in ensuring that they voted for the candidates of their choice. A Peoples Democratic Party member who is aware of Akpabio’s claims, spoke on the issue on the condition of anonymity. He said: “Manufacturing fake pictures purported to depict violence during the election is the high of desperation and hypocrisy and the world must be put on notice.
“After boasting that the elections will be conducted in mere three hours and that he will deliver the state to APC and indeed the South South, he is again boasting of ensuring the outcome of the judgement at the Appeal Court level. “He is boasting of using the APC Senator –Elect for Bauchi North Senatorial District, Alhaji Adamu Bulkachuwa whose wife, Zainab is the President of the Court of Appeal to not only have only Justices who are sympathetic to the APC , but that he will singlehandedly influence the judgement in favour of the APC.
As always, he has thrown the name of President Buhari into the equation. “Akpabio should be humbled by his defeat and rejection by his people and stop playing God. Akwa Ibom people have made their choice; he should and must respect the choices the people had made.”