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Parties call for removal of A-Ibom REC, Police boss

SOME political parties in Akwa Ibom State have called on the relevant agencies to effect the removal or re-deployment of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner and the state Commissioner of Police, if the state is to witness hitch-free elections in the April 11, 2015 governorship and House of Assembly polls.

The parties sought the removal or re-deployment of Mr Austin Okolie, the Resident Electoral Commissioner and Commissioner of Police, Mr Achong,  respectively on the grounds that the two have compromised on their duties of helping to perfect the electoral processes in the state.

The duo were accused of showing bias in their conduct during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

At a meeting which had representatives of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Labour Party, LP, Accord Party, AP, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, among others, in Uyo, the parties said that the continued presence of Mr Okolie and CP Achong cannot bring about the actualisation of the wishes of the people in the forthcoming elections.

They alsoy resolved to send a formal protest letter to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Inspector General of Police,  to make the point very cogent.

Speaking at the meeting, a member of the Umana Okon Umana Media Committe, the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Mr Nkereuwem Ankak, said that they came to the conclusion that the REC and CP respectively, cannot guarantee the people of Akwa Ibom State a level playing field in the coming elections in the state.


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