Isaac Job, Uyo
Elders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Essien Udim Local Government Council in Akwa Ibom state have urged the police and other relevant security agencies to arrest him for electoral crimes perpetrated in the area during the last governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The stakeholders listed crimes allegedly committed by Sen. Akpabio during the poll to include, election violence, electoral malpractices, snatching of election materials, assault and abduction of INEC officials and use of armed soldiers to intimidate voters.
Addressing a press conference in Uyo, the stakeholders, including community leaders and PDP ward executives said they have resolved to inform the public on the militarization of democracy, rigging of elections and assault on INEC officials, ad hoc staff and voters by Senator Akpabio and his killer squad in Essien Udim Local Government Area during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The elders recalled that after INEC had distributed materials to voting units, Senator Akpabio used military men and policemen in six Hilux vehicles to hijack election materials and INEC ad hoc staff, and took them to Ibanga Akpabio’s compound where APC members thumb-printed the ballot papers in favour of their party.
Spokesman for the elders, Imowo Okpokpo, mentioned the affected wards and units where the materials were carted away to include all the units in Ukana West Ward 2, all the units in Ukana West Ward 1, all the units in Ukana East Ward 1, all the units in Ekpenyong Ward 1and Odoro Ikot Ward 2.
Okpokpo further explained that Sen. Akpabio used his brother, Idorenyin Akpabio, a police officer attached to the state police command to intimidate voters, hijack INEC materials and subsequently, arrest PDP supporters.
In unison therefore, the aggrieved kinsmen urged security agencies to arrest Akpabio and prosecution him for the above electoral offences in accordance with extant laws.