Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom has dismissed as false and malicious, the insinuation making the rounds alleging he bribed the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in the state Barr Austin Okojie with N2.5 billion to write the presidential election result in favour of the PDP.
Speaking through his Information and Communications Commissioner, Mr. Aniekan Umanah in Uyo, Akpabio described as cheap talk, his purported bribe of the REC with the sum of N2.5 billion and a Prado Jeep.
The governor insisted that the recent resort to hyperbolic blackmail by opposition and their cohorts in the state is the height of desperation, which reveals the poverty of their reasoning faculties.
Governor Akpabio wondered how, where and when the transaction was made, and challenged the purveyors of the story, which he explained, remains a figment of their miserable imaginations, to expose to the details of such transaction.
“I will want the purveyors of this story to give out to the public how such big amount was transferred or paid, including details of the banks, agents or account details, which made or received the payments.
“While some desperate politicians are going for broke in their selfish bid to win elections at all cost, I wish to remind them that, power resides with the voters, who will either elect or reject them at the polls and that, no amount of hate mongering or smear campaign against his person will buoy their cause, as Akwa Ibom people are already firmly decided on how and who to vote for.” He said.
Akpabio however reiterated calls for peaceful polls and issue-based campaigns but regretted that resort to relentless blackmail, falsehood and mendacity have been elevated to such a level that has taken the shine of our democracy.
“I however urge the people, to discountenance the vicious campaign of calumny by these peddlers of fiction and demonstrate their condemnation of their stock in trade by voting for the credible candidates in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“I also charge official and staff of the electoral body, INEC to remain focused on their constitutionally prescribed duty of delivering a credible, free and fair election once again in the State.” Akpabio said.