“I won. It’s a temporary setback,” Akpabio vows to challenge election results
Godswill Akpabio, the former Senate Minority Leader, has vowed to challenge his defeat in the last National Assembly elections.
The former Akwa Ibom State Governor, last Saturday, lost to the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Dr. Chris Ekpenyong, in the Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State.
According to the result as released by INEC, Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor, polled 118,215 votes to win the incumbent Senator Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 83,158 votes.
The Ibibio born frontline politician, while speaking on The Verdict, a live programme on Channels TV, on Wednesday said he would challenge the collation of the results.
He noted that he can’t lose just like that, considering his weight in Akwa Ibom politics.
“I won. It’s a temporary setback. That is why there are processes.
“For instance, if you feel that you were cheated or there was wrong collation, you have recourse to the courts. I did not fail; I can’t fail.
I believe strongly that there must have been some wrong collation somewhere.
“Those things will be corrected.
“We have processes in the election. It’s from one stage; we have to do registration, vote and collate.
“As far as there is a mistake anywhere, you go to the court and get your mandate.
“My mandate is somewhere waiting for me.
“My people know that I can’t fail elections,” Akpabio stated.