Don’t Rejoice Yet, It’s a Purchased Victory, Akpabio Warns Governor Udom Emmanuel
The senator representing Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, described Governor Udom Emmanuel’s victory in Saturday’s governorship polls as a “purchased victory and must be reclaimed.
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate and re-elected governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, won the election with a total of 519,712 votes to defeat his nearest APC candidate, Nsima Ekere had 171,978 votes.
But According to the PUNCH, Akapbio said that Governor Emmanuel should cease to rejoice, adding that the APC is ready to retrieve it’s lost mandate.
“I was shocked when I saw the figures being brandished on the television.
“I wondered if it they were the same results we got on the field that they were announcing on the television channels. This shows that Nigeria is in trouble.
“I want to state categorically that those claiming victory, or those regarded as victors in the last election in Akwa Ibom State on the 9th of March should regard it as purchased victory. It was money at work. The people’s hopes were dashed.
“So, I want to tell Udom Emmanuel and his Peoples Democratic Party that it is too early to celebrate now. We will use appropriate legal means to reclaim that mandate” Akpabio said.
He also blasted INEC and accused them of “employing PDP members as collation officers,” stressing that 99% of the collation officers, especially, those sent to his local government area, were card-carrying PDP members.
“My prayer is that this is not what would befall Nigeria; otherwise, democracy is in peril.”