The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to see the withdrawal of Akpabio from the senatorial re-run in Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District as an attempt to derail the electoral process.
Speaking at a media briefing in Uyo, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, said, “Our party seriously frowns on the attempts by Senator Akpabio to derail the electoral process in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District as we have on good authority that he intends to use the judicial process to prevent the conduct of the rerun by instituting court actions to compel INEC to accept his purported withdrawal.
“We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission to treat the withdrawal letter of Senator Akpabio as a concession of defeat and hold that the APC has no candidate in the forthcoming senatorial rerun due next year.
“Additionally, we ask the commission to ignore and discountenance the shameless demand for the removal of Mike Igini as REC. This call is ill-motivated as he wants REC that will allow him the liberty to concoct results in Essien Udim during the rerun, as that is the only way he can win elections there.”
Senator Akpabio had, in a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission, sought his withdrawal from the rerun, saying the responsibility placed on him as the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs was quite enormous.”