The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the state INEC Commissioner, Barr. Mike Igini, for implying that their quest for justice at the election tribunal was aimed at attracting sympathy from the President.
Speaking through a press release on Saturday, May 4, the APC’s publicity secretary, Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, noted that this proclamation by the state REC was a confirmation of his “weak character, bad conduct and poor judgement”.
Enyongekere disclosed that that Igini, “at a press conference in his office last Friday, had claimed that the APC candidates in the last general elections are challenging the results of the elections at the Tribunals because they want to ‘make noise, attract sympathy and look for appointments from President Buhari”.
“There is no other REC, among the 37 of them in the country – and we know that there are election cases in almost every state of the federation – that is so petty, mean-spirited and overtly biased against any political party as Igini is”, the statement reads.
“The Holy Book tells us that from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks. Mr Igini can no longer conceal his partiality for the PDP and bias against the APC. His cup will run over, sooner or later”, the party stated.
The Party recalled that the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Monday, April 15, ordered INEC to allow the APC legal team access to materials used for the election for the purpose of inspection. “INEC flouted this order. Then on Monday, 29 April – two weeks after the Order was issued, Chief Victor Iyanam, the lead counsel to Nsima Ekere, APC governorship candidate who is challenging the governorship election, announced that his team had not been allowed to inspect the materials as ordered by the Tribunal”.
“On Thursday, May 2, the Tribunal warned INEC against flouting its Orders and noted that the commission risks a N2 million fine as enshrined in Section 77 of the Electoral Act. Apparently stung and embarrassed by the warning from the Tribunal, Igini hurriedly called a press conference the following day and launched his diatribes. What are the justifications for these insults? What are the forces controlling this REC?”, the Party questioned.
The Party called on Nigerians to note and follow the sequence of events unfolding in the state “just to try to understand the working of Igini’s complex and compromised personae”.
The party, in reaction to the REC’s statement expressed that they “have long established that Mike Igini was well compromised and induced by the PDP to conduct the last elections in its favour. We have substantiated evidence to prove that Igini and his Ad Hoc staff colluded with PDP to execute one of the most extensive electoral frauds in history of Akwa Ibom”.
“Mike Igini’s unguarded statement, in a way, is an insult to President Muhammadu Buhari. It is not within the purview of a corrupt electoral official to tell the President how to make his appointments”.
“We wish to assure him that public officials of his kind have no place in a new Nigeria being moulded by President Buhari. The National Chairman of INEC that has built a warm nest of protection around Mike Igini should be very ashamed of this his godson”.
Besides, the entire world is anxiously waiting to know what happens to the certificate of returns of House Assembly Election in Essien Udim State Constituency conducted by Michael Igini in the elections he claimed to be free and fair”, Enyongekere stated.