PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, LP, in Akwa Ibom State, have faulted threat by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to boycott the rest of the general elections in the state in protest against the outcome of the National Assembly elections, saying it is “the desperate antics of a loser.”
In separate statements, leaders of both parties in the state, said they were appalled that leaders of ACN in the Akwa Ibom could descend to the level of trying to ridicule the nation and the state in the eyes of the global community, which monitored the elections and gave the exercise a pass marks.
The ACN had claimed that a coalition of political parties, including the Labour Party in the state were boycotting the rest of the general elections in the state to protest the conduct of the National Assembly elections of Saturday 9 April which it “said was not free and fair.”
Specifically, LP through Comrade Etim Stern, dissociated itself from any boycott, saying “we, completely and unequivocally distance ourselves from the irresponsible call for the cancellation of the polls and the threat to boycott future polls.
We state in clear terms that those who purportedly represented our party had no mandate to do so and may actually have been ACN supporters impersonating our members. ‘No responsible party would undertake the boycott of an election without first briefing their national executives, which in turn would consider the reasons proffered and give them approval to do so.
On its part, the PDP in reaction through the State Chairman of party, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, said: “‘It is noteworthy that over one thousand journalists covered the election in Akwa Ibom State along with global election monitoring teams with impeccable credentials.
All these journalists and election monitors, who went throughout the length and breadth of the state unhindered, have given the exercise a clean bill of health and yet one single political party is crying wolf. We put this down to sour grapes.