The Akwa Ibom state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has slammed Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the claim that their ‘mandate’ in the state was stolen.
While the presidential candidate of the main opposition party has gone to the Election Tribunal to challenge his defeat at the polls, the Akwa Ibom State chapter has described the APC and Osinbajo’s failure to acknowledge the clear cut defeat of Senator Godswill Akpabio as living in a fool’s paradise.
In statement signed by PDP the State Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, the party alleged that the APC stakeholders that used security personnel to aid electoral malpractices on the Election Day were actually the real thieves.
The statement entitled, “Stolen Mandate: Osinbajo, APC Living In Fool’s Paradise” reads, “For the records, Akwa Ibom people know who the mandate thieves are, they are those who refused to go on consultation and grassroots campaign but held rallies in towns and instead of telling the people what their plans were, proclaimed themselves god and touted their invincibility.
“They took the electorates for granted, preferring to deal with the big names only. On the day of the election, those who brought policemen and army personnel to aid in electoral malpractice are the real thieves. After the election, during collation, the real thieves are the people who went to Oruk Anam INEC office, Ikot Ekpene INEC office and Essien Udim INEC office.
“Those who invited the GOC and other Army to help in their attempt to thwart the announcement of Senatorial results for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District results, are the thieves. Those who sought to bribe INEC staff with foreign currency are the real thieves”
The Akwa Ibom PDP further alleged that even as the country is preparing for the Saturday gubernatorial elections, the APC have sought for help from Edo state, using Adams Oshiomhole as the liaison, to recruit armed political thugs led by one Tony Kabaka and Osakpamwan, alias ‘no molest’.
It also alleged that the APC has also mobilized touts to start peaceful protests that would snowball in violent unrest in uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital as well as purchased and sneaked in weapons of different dimensions. That is their preoccupation instead of reaching out to the electorate.
“For them, election preparation is synonymous with war readiness and nothing more pretentious. We are calling on the general public, the international community and security agencies to discountenance the baseless cry of VP Osinbajo, Senator Akpabio and the entire APC family. They are all living in a fool’s paradise and completely unconnected with reality.
“Some trust in horses and chariots, but our trust is in the Lord. Since the conclusion of Presidential and National Assembly elections and the subsequent announcement of the results, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the APC have been falling over themselves to concoct fairy tales to explain how and why they failed and like a bad Workman, the tool is to blame.
“Their blame pendulum swings from the PDP, to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, to the electorate. It is trite that the worst form of deceit is self-deceit, but for APC and Senator Akpabio, the deceit of any kind is the modus operandi. The highest display of self-deceit was the circus created for the Vice President to perform yesterday at Uyo.
“Unknown to the VP that his hosts, especially Senator Akpabio, are aspirants to the hall of fame of political comedy, he appeared on the stage and was cued to perform. He vomited exactly what he had been fed with. He exclaimed that their mandate had been stolen and that it will be reclaimed. “While his immediate audience applauded him, the external audience was deeply disappointed at such illogical outburst from a person who ordinarily should be learned.”
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