APC candidates call for cancellation of legislative polls in Akwa Ibom

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UYO – All Progressives Congress candidates who contested election into Akwa Ibom State House Assembly on April 11 have called for the cancellation the polls.

The contestants, who made the call at a news conference in Uyo on Thursday, said the Independent National Commission had yet to announce the results the polls since April 11.

A candidate from Nsit Atai State Constituency, Mr John Harry, who spoke on behalf his colleagues, called for the removal the state’s Resident Commissioner, Mr Austin Okojie.

Harry wondered the release of the results had been delayed by INEC.

He added since the Governorship and the State House of Assembly elections were conducted on the same day, their results were supposed to be released on the same day from different locations.

“Today is Thursday, April 16, 2015; good five days after the governorship and the state house of assembly elections of April 11 were conducted.

“The INEC in Akwa Ibom state has not announced the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly election results.

“We know these results should have been announced at the local collation centres in the night of the election or early the following day.

“We know INEC has hurriedly manufactured the results for the governorship election just to satisfy the state .
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“We note that the two elections were conducted simultaneously on the same day.

“So how can one result be released and the other withheld till ?

“Going by INEC Guidelines, the House of Assembly results were to be released at the local collation centres while the governorship results would then be released at the state capital.

“The question then is did INEC not release the 26 constituency results at the collation centres, and have they not been released until ?”

Harry stated that as observed on  April 11, there were indeed no elections in most polling units in the state.

He noted that many independent observers like those from Union, the United States Embassy, the British Commission and Civil Societies Organisation, monitored the election in the state.

INEC Independent Observation Team, among others had released the reports of their Observation Visits to Akwa Ibom, which said the elections in Akwa Ibom were irredeemably flawed and should be cancelled.

He said, “Only yesterday, our National Assembly members, notably Senators Aloysius Etok; Ita Enang, and Helen Esuene also spoke with one voice.

“They urged Prof. Jega to do the right thing and cancel the abracadabra conducted by Mr Austin Okojie and his friends in PDP. We totally agree with them.

“We understand that since there were no elections in Akwa Ibom state the previous Saturday, the delay in releasing the House of Assembly results is because Okojie is facing serious problems.

“He is trying to manufacture the results’’

“Okojie, in connivance with Akpabio and the PDP, had quickly concocted the governorship results, allocating over 90 per cent of the cast to the PDP’’, he said. (NAN)

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