By Harris-Okon Emmanuel
UYO—-Accusations and counter accusation have trailed the electoral violence that erupted at the weekend leading to the killing of one person and burning of 11 vehicles belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Obot Akara council of Akwa Ibom state.
The two dominant parties, namely the All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have traded words over the violent attacks.
Coordinator of APC Campaign in Eket Senatorial District, Prince Effiong Abia, a lawyer in condemning the attack denied that thugs belonging to the APC carried out the attack.
“It is not possible. It is not thinkable and it falls on the head of logic to attribute the electoral violence to APC.”.
While blaming the PDP, he said:
“They have lived in pitiable denial of the fact that they lost power in 2015. To them, 2015 is still a mirage and a bad dream that they are trying to awake and violently wish away from their psyche.”
Another chieftain of the party, Professor Chris Ekong, a Professor of Economics at the University of Uyo, who also weighed in on the happenings in the state over the weekend, expressed rude shock at the violence and commended the INEC for rescheduling the polls, calling on federal government to set up a full enquiry into the issue.
Publicity Secretary of PDP, Comrade Ini Ememobong, while reacting, accused APC of carrying out the violence to truncate the process in the area being the stronghold of PDP.
He said: “the situation in Obot Akara was caused by APC thugs, who were out to vandalize and destroy buses hired by INEC to carry materials. The materials were not even in the vehicles.
“It was a premeditated plan to prevent the elections there. It was part of the “War saw” threats and plans by Senator Godswill Akpabio to deplete the votes in the area he knows he would not have votes. You know Obot Akara is a vote basket”.