-PDP playing the victim of impending defeat says Akpabio
BY: Chioma Onuegbu,Uyo
Akwa Ibom Elders have alleged that former governor of the state Senator Godswill Akpabio, was the mastermind of the arson that occurred last Friday night in Obot Akara Local Government Area that led to the death of two persons and burning of buses hired by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
But in swift reaction on Friday, Senator Godswill Akpabio described the allegations as spurious, baseless and unfounded, saying that elders were playing the victim complex of an impending defeat.
Former Military Administrator of the state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, who had addressed a press briefing on behalf of the elders on Thursday also accused senator Akpabio of hiring thugs from neighbouring States with a plan to disrupt the Saturday (today) Presidential and national assembly polls and further assured them of protection from Aso Rock, the DSS, the Inspector General of Police and other paramilitary agencies.
He said “We, the Elders of this State and Stakeholders have gathered here, to bring to the attention of Nigeria and the international community, the devious plan of the All Progressive Congress spearheaded by Senator Godswill Akpabio to cause widespread mayhem in the State with the view to disrupting the Presidential and National assembly elections scheduled for this Saturday, February, 23, 2019.
“The conduct last Saturday in Obot Akara where INEC buses were burnt with election materials was masterminded by Senator Akpabio.
“Last night, Senator Akpabio held a secret meeting with the security agencies where he informed them that he has the permission of the Presidency to kill and maim all opponents and that nothing will happen to any officer who carries out the instruction”.
Nkanga claimed that Akpabio was acting in concert with the AIG zone 6, Musa Kimo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently disassociate himself from the evil boast of Senator Akpabio, that he has the full support of the President to maim and kill in order to rig elections in APC’s favour.
Reacting, Akpabio who spoke through his Special Assistant Media, Anietie Ekong, said “The attention of the former Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been drawn to some spurious, baseless and unfounded statements credited to some Akwa Ibom Elders and Stakeholders on the forth-coming election.
“It beats our imagination that the Elders could call a press conference to spew lies and falsehood and make a crude attempt to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari, all in the name of politics. But it follows a familiar pattern of crying wolf since the defection of Senator Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress”
He stressed that it is nonsensical for anyone to claim that he (Akpabio) held a meeting with unnamed security agencies in the state and informed them that Mr. President has given permission for him to “kill and maim all opponents and that nothing will happen to any officer who carries out the instruction.
Akpabio described President Buhari as a responsible leader committed to the well being of all Nigerians and could not have given any instructions on innocent Nigerians to be maimed and killed.
“ It is most irresponsible politics to drag in the name of the President. It is obvious that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is playing the victim complex because of the impending defeat that awaits them in the forth-coming elections in Akwa Ibom State.
“Their strategy of crying wolf is a pretext to blackmail security agencies, distract them and procure leverage to bring thugs to operate during the elections.
“It is instructive that during the botched Presidential and National Assembly elections, security agencies apprehended over 400 armed thugs, who confessed when they were paraded at the State Police Headquarters that they were hired by PDP chieftains to snatch ballot boxes and intimidate voters.
“They are particularly angry that Mr President has directed security agencies to deal ruthlessly with thugs and ballot box snatchers so they seek to divert public attention and that of vigilant security agents while preparing grounds for the execution of their nefarious plot” he said.