A’Ibom APC Attacks on Igini: What They Have Not Told Us

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Whether or not the All Progressives Congress (APC) take it, they remain indebted to Akwa Ibom people regarding some salient points they are yet to disclose to the public.

It is often said that a toad does not move in the day without being chased by something thus, the Akwa Ibom APC, I believe, is not fretting at nothing in its entirety.

A careful follow-up on the trend of propaganda cooked by the APC will reveal that from the pre-election period up until now, the aggrieved Party’s hugest nightmare has been the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr. Mike Igini.

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Categorically, Igini has become the food they eat, the water they drink and the air they breathe hence, the reason for their unabated false reports, press releases and conference meetings; all aimed at painting the State REC in bad light. Why? Because Igini did not condescend to their wishes.

It has now become a norm for the APC to mention Igini everyday or weekly (to be moderate). It started with the allegation that the REC is working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the report that he employed PDP members as adhoc staff for the election. Then they said he denied them access to election materials and next, that Igini ordered them not to step into the INEC’s premises and etc.

Of course, all of these are untrue! So, what are they up to which they are not saying?

Akwa Ibom APC has not told us how and why they invited Igini to meet with them abroad.

They have not told us also, how and why they sent different categories of people to beg Igini to allow them rig the elections.

They have said how and why they threatened to bomb Igini’s car.

They equally have not explained why they were angry when INEC cancelled their private polling units.

Lastly, they have not said a thing about where they got the result sheets and ballot papers with which they wrote results from their homes.

Let it be clear to everyone that the INEC was established by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to, among other things, organize elections into various political offices in the country.

The functions of INEC as contained in Section 15, Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and Section 2 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended), has it that INEC’s duty is to “organise, undertake and supervise all elections to the offices of the President and Vice-President, the Governor and Deputy Governor of a State, and to the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the federation”.

INEC was thus, established to be nonpartisan; why then was the APC so desperate to compromise the INEC REC and turn now to cry foul having seen that the President is about setting up his cabinet?

Another question to be considered here is, “did Mike Igini invite all political parties and stakeholders and showed them the list of the adhoc staffs and request that if any among them are political party agents, he/she should be pointed out?” Yes, he did. And did the APC find any? No, they did not.

The fact remains that much of the ad-hoc staff recruited by the INEC to conduct the elections, were not appointed by Igini but the national commission.

Until the APC comes out open to clear the air on their hidden interests, their incessant musings will remain a cry for help and pity.

As for Igini, he has and will continue to remain in his honor.

Richard Peters

Note: This opinion is solely personal and does not reflect the position of Platinum.ng

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