By Harris-Okon Emmanuel & Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo —President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed doubts over the result of the Presidential and National Assembly elections held in Akwa Ibom State, stressing that what happened on February 23 was robbery.
Buhari who spoke yesterday, in Uyo during a Town hall meeting to thank supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for their votes on February 23 poll, said it was not possible for Senator Godswill Akpabio to have lost out in the election.
Represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, he assured party supporters and candidates that all the wrongs done the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections would be addressed.
He said, “What happened on February 23, was robbery. The vote of the people was stolen but we are not deterred. The President sent me to thank you today. We are going to make sure that everything that was stolen on February 23, will be restored.
“It is not possible that Senator Akpabio lost out. We are in no doubt that Senator Akpabio is the elected senator of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district. We were in opposition for 16 years. Now that we are at the centre, nobody can cheat us again. We have been cheated for too long.
“Make sure that everyone of you come out to vote on Saturday and then wait to protect your votes. With your vote and commitment, we will win that election and Obong Nsima Ekere will become the next governor of Akwa Ibom State. Wait for your votes to be counted.
“It is the duty of the Federal Government to provide security and we will do that. But what is important is that you go out to vote. We will recover every of our vote.”
Speaking in the same vein, National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole said the party was not in the state to lament but to thank the people for voting President Buhari.
He alleged that Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, colluded with some electoral officers to deny the party victory on February 23, insisting that the people voted for the APC.