Youths under the aegis of the Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), have condemned what they termed “the numerous attacks on the person of Barr. Mike Igini, the Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner”, describing it as being “uncalled for”.
NYMSA in a statement signed by its state secretary, Pst. Uduak Okposin, and issued to newsmen on Tuesday, April 2, noted that the sterling performance of Igini during the just-concluded elections was an answered prayer to the people’s cry for a credible, free and fair elections.
“Akwa Ibom people were desirous of a credible, free and fair elections; and through providence, Igini was deployed to the state; and by God’s grace, he diligently performed his tasks and successfully anchored a credible, free and fair elections which is the first ever in the history of elections in Akwa Ibom State since the dawn of democracy in Nigeria”, they held.
They commended the state INEC REC “for standing firm for the truth and conducting the most peaceful elections in Akwa Ibom State and encouraged him to continue to keep the fire of truth and integrity burning”.
The youths recalled that a certain political party “had approached Igini, to bribe him to work against the wishes of Akwa Ibom people, but he turned down their offer”, adding that the REC grew above the “cheap propaganda with his uncompromising stance, a virtue many cannot boast of”.
They therefore advised those in the “business of tarnishing Igini’s hard-earned reputation to desist from such ungodly act and become partners in the development of Akwa Ibom State”, adding that it was time to move the state to greater heights.
NYMSA also urged the perpetrators to shun party sentiments and grudges, intimating on the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s all-inclusive government.