Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elders and major stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State have accused the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, of planning to forcefully take over the state and Rivers State in the likelihood of re-run elections in the two PDP-controlled states.
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunals had in separate judgments ordered a re-run election in 18 local government areas in Akwa Ibom State while that of Rivers was upturned.
Governors Nyesom Wike and Udom Emmanuel of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States have separately appealed the Tribunal’s ruling.
Speaking through Senator Anietie Okon, at a briefing in Uyo in reaction to a statement credited to Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, that “Rivers and Akwa Ibom states are very strategic to APC”, the elders warned that any attempt by the APC to subvert the collective will of the Akwa Ibom people as manifestly expressed in the April 11, 2015 governorship election, would be resisted.
According to Okon: “When the APC talks about Akwa Ibom and Rivers states as being strategic to their objectives, it appears it is their ravenous and ghoulish intent to take over Akwa Ibom State by force and that implies that there is a determination by them to break all the rules and break all the laws and through subjugation, conquer the Akwa Ibom people. It will not happen. We are not surprised given the document that is credited to the APC where they detailed their plans to trample upon the express will of the people by their chaotic, riotous and contradictory process that have been handed down through the tribunal”.