Senator Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, said jailed Professor Peter Ogban, who was found guilty of manipulating election results colluded with the Akwa Ibom INEC resident electoral commissioner and the PDP. He debunked, as spurious, unfounded, and malicious, the claim by the PDP that the jailed returning officer was punished for rigging for him and the APC.
Akpabio’s response was rolled out in a press statement by his spokesman, Aniete Ekong. “In their desperation in a continuing campaign of calumny against Senator Akpabio, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State twisted the context of the judgment and maliciously claimed that the election was rigged in favour of Senator Akpabio.
The facts of the case put a lie to this assertion. “Contrarily, Senator Akpabio was a victim of the fraudulent manipulation of the election of Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District held on 23rd February 2019. “He is vindicated that the perpetrators of the electoral fraud are being brought to justice.
At last, the chickens are coming home to roost. “It could be recalled that Sen. Godswill Akpabio had approached the National Assembly Election Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the February 23, 2019, Senatorial District elections which held in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
Amongst those who were sued was the Returning Officer of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, Professor Ogban who alongside the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, hijacked the Election Results from the Senatorial District Collation Headquarters, Ikot Ekpene to another Senatorial District at the INEC office in Uyo, where the collated votes of Senator Godswill Akpabio were maliciously and arbitrarily cancelled by the Resident Electoral Commissioner- Mike Igini and Prof Ogban.