A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Akwa Ibom Chief Inibehe Okori has described his defeat at the elections petitions tribunal as an injustice given the evidence before the court.
Okori who was the party’s candidate for Akwa Ibom North East in a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot in Uyo yesterday described the decision of the court to uphold the election of Senator Godswill Akpabio of the PDP as a “ judgment without justice”.
He condemned the role of INEC and the judiciary in the judgment, which according to him gave legitimacy to an electoral process bedeviled with illegalities adding that such could have a negative effect on the effective practice of democracy in the country.
“The verdict which has been described by many at home and in the Diaspora as judgment without justice gave legitimacy to an electoral process where 205,519 voters voted 444,022 votes for the PDP alone.
“It was indeed a black Friday for our country’s democracy, our judiciary and the Nigerian democratic experience. The ignoble role of both INEC and the judiciary in giving legal backing and endorsement to this clear case of electoral impunity is indeed a tragic one for Nigeria.
“It has far reaching though fatally negative consequences for not just the constituency but our country’s electoral and judicial system, which remains severely corrupt,”he said.
Okori however maintained that despite the judgment, he remained resolute in his fight not only for a credible electoral process but for the political, economic and social rights of the people of the area.
“The legal battle might have ended but our resolve to fight for our political rights, freedom and liberty has only just begun. Akwa Ibom must be free from its present state of enslavement.
For me as a person, the election was not about myself but the millions of my constituents who constantly and daily face the threat posed by poverty, extreme poverty and abject poverty which has become the lot of my people.
It was about righting the wrong done to us through years of unimaginable marginalization, oppression and victimization, all in the name of God but certainly without the consent of God.
“Though in the eyes of men the battle seems lost; in actuality, the message has been sent – never again shall Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district and indeed Akwa Ibom State become the personal and private enterprise of one man or a group of persons. Neither can all men be bought with money,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to his supporters and the media for the efforts they made throughout the period of the tribunal and the APC for providing him the platform.
“I assure you all, this is not the end but the beginning to an end. One day and in the not too distant future, Akwa Ibom will be free. Our senatorial district will be free. The voice of the people shall prevail against the forces of darkness,” Okori concluded.

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