The Elders and Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State have described as illusory the claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state that it won about 26 out of the 31 local government areas of the state in the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.
The governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Obong Nsima Ekere as well as APC family have been insisting in different fora that they won 26 local governments in the state in the gubernatorial election but were robbed of victory by the INEC in collusion with the PDP in the state.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday at the Divine Mandate Campaign Organisation in Uyo, the Director General of the group, Air Commodore (Rtd.) Idongesit Nkanga, wondered why APC would cook up such stories since it was obvious that Akwa Ibom is a PDP state.
According to him, “We have read the laughable assertion by the APC that its governorship candidate ‘won’ in 26 local governments of the State. May we ask if such victories were conjured in their dreams, because the reality is that Akwa Ibom State is PDP and PDP is Akwa Ibom State!”
Nkanga maintained that there was no way APC would have won elections in the state having not been prepared for elections but relied on assistance from the Federal government while the PDP was busy canvassing votes from all strata in the state based on what it’s governorship candidate, Udom Emmanuel has been able to do in terms of development.
“While we campaigned from unit to wards, to local government areas and the entire nooks and crannies of the State, selling our candidate, his superlative achievements, the peace and security we are enjoying and persuading the people not to return to the dreadful days of insecurity, politically motivated assassinations, kidnappings and the carnage of the past , and the people listened, the other side relied more on the famed “Federal Might” and the force or instruments of violence as the only means for them to win the elections.
“While we went to all strata of the society, the church, traders, auto mechanics, the professional class and the informal sectors and persuaded them to vote for our candidates, the other side was busy negotiating with militants to come and be ‘investors and contractors’ in their evil plans to kill and maim our people in order to win election. The people voted for peace over death and violence.” He said.
The retired Air commodore chided the APC over its inability to win Akwa Ibom state irrespective of incessant threats and boasts towards the build-up of the election saying that PDP was able to attain victory through ONLY GOD and the people’s votes.
He, however, thanked Akwa Ibom people for voting PDP massively during the elections and assured that the PDP-led state government would continue to foster peace and embark on more developmental projects in the state.
His words, “Let me on behalf of the Elders and critical Stakeholders of Akwa Abasi Ibom State use this opportunity to thank the wonderful people of Akwa Abasi Ibom State for trooping out en-mass on March 9, 2019 to cast their votes to re-elect the great instrument God has used to liberate our State; a leader who wears humility like a badge of honour, a God-fearing, developmental -focused, people-centric leader, whose propelling and abiding motivation remains the advancement of the defining elements of the Akwa Ibom identity, progress and our common humanity.
“You are all living witnesses to the tension and palpable fear that had filled our otherwise peaceful and serene State; the promise of Armageddon; of Warsaw saw war, the importation of thugs from Benin , Edo State to inflict violence on our people and cause the election to be cancelled or rendered inconclusive; You are all familiar with the much touted deployment of Federal Might and that the elections would end in merely three hours.
“But you- our dear people refused to be cowed or intimated by their evil and devious machinations and plots; you refused to give in to intimidations; you refused to compromise on the future of our State, our common patrimony, you rose like meteors and voted for peace, security, good governance, the future of your children, the continuous development of our State; for In the end, the much touted Federal Might wilted and buckled under the People’s Might, God showed up and proved that ONLY HE ALONE determines who gets power and who doesn’t.”
Obviously referring to comments credited to senator Akpabio, Nkanga said “Those who boasted of Warsaw saw war, suffered the same fate as the man who had commanded the German troops on September 1, 1939 to go to Warsaw, Poland and killed the innocent Jewish people, Adolf Hitler. Like Adolf Hitler who was deserted at the end of his misadventure by the previously fawning generals and now depressed and forlorn in a solitary bunker, committed suicide, those who promised us war were consumed by the tempest of anger of the people who massively turned against their evil designs and rejected them at the polls. Their boasts of Warsaw saw war became the symphony of their political suicide. ONLY GOD!”
Source: Daily Post