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Author Topic: Council Polls: A_Ibom APC Accused PDP Of Colluding With AKISIEC - 17/11/2017  (Read 45 times)

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  • The Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday raised the alarm that the romance involving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and the state Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) was a threat to a totally fre
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The Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday raised the alarm that the romance involving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and the state Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) was a threat to a totally free and fair conduct of the forthcoming neighborhood government elections in the state.


The Chairman of APC local government campaign committee, Senator Aloysius Etok, raised the alarm at press briefing held in Uyo, the state capital.


According to him, "The APC is receiving increasingly perturbed and concerned following verifiable details of clandestine moves by the PDP in collusion with the AKISIEC to get undue benefit in the December 2, neighborhood government election.
 "Right from the issuance of notice for neighborhood government election by AKISIEC, we observed a clear pattern of absurdity and breach of guidelines of practice and process for the contact-up to the election for which we approached the court for relevant interpretation."


Not too long ago, he noted that the APC queried the state electoral umpire more than suspicious of engaging in illegal/secret recruitment and instruction of ad-hoc staff for the council polls.
 "We queried and cautioned the recruitment exercise by AKISIEC which ought to be open and transparent but was fraught with irregularities and embellished in secrecy.
"Of late, APC has noticed with dismay an amended edition of the publication _AKISIEC Manual for Election officials (2017), copies of which are restricted from circulation to the party.


"Informed sources say the vital provisions of the manual dealing with announcement of election outcomes has been drastically altered and clearly negates the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended," he stressed.
 Senator Etok mentioned the APC candidates in the council polls had been equally conscious of threats and intimidation by their PDP opponents who boastfully asserted that the election results will be written and announced from the state Government Property.


Etok mentioned the leadership of the APC in the state takes the assertion really seriously as it is the accustomed practice of the PDP to announce local government final results from Government Property contrary to the guidelines and procedure guiding announcement of election benefits.


"We want to alert the electorate, international election monitoring groups, civil liberty organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and respective safety agencies of the conspiracy and grand style by AKISIEC in collusion with the PDP to fantastic the plot to rig the election in favour of the PDP.


"The APC shall resist any attempt to manipulate the election and will reject the final results of an election not founded on the rule of law," he stated.
Meanwhile, the APC has concluded arrangements for the flag-off ceremony of the local government election campaign which is scheduled for November 18.

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