The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it frowns against Senator Godswill Akpabio's withdrawal from the senatorial rerun, stating that the senator is attempting to derail the electoral process in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.
The party's Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, speaking on Friday at a media briefing in Uyo said, “Our party seriously frowns on the attempts by Senator Akpabio to derail the electoral process in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District as we have on good authority that he intends to use the judicial process to prevent the conduct of the rerun by instituting court actions to compel INEC to accept his purported withdrawal.”
Ememobong urged INEC to treat the withdrawal letter of Senator Akpabio as a concession of defeat and hold that the APC has no candidate in the forthcoming senatorial rerun due next year.
He added that the removal of Mike Igini as REC was shameless and should be ignored by INEC. He stated that it is ill-motivated because Akpabio wants a REC "that will allow him the liberty to concoct results in Essien Udim during the rerun, as that is the only way he can win elections there,” he said.