A CHIEFTAIN of the All
Progressives Congress,
APC in Akwa Ibom, Chief
Inibehe Okori has debunked
insinuations that the APC
was planning to turn Nigeria
into a one party state.
Okori who is also the
party’s senatorial candidate
for Akwa Ibom North East in
the last National Assembly
elections told newsmen
in Uyo that other parties
should focus on building a
virile opposition rather than
nursing fears of domination.
“It is very unfortunate
because I don’t know why
some people are saying
Nigeria is going towards a
one party state. Have you
looked at the analysis of the
election? You don’t need to
have half of the governors or
National Assembly members
to have a good opposition.
“APC have no intention
to run a one party state
and check out the people
in APC, you will see they
are democrats and very
consistent. Will you force
someone to come over to
your party?”
He maintained that it was
the PDP that had planned
to make Nigeria a one
party state until alignment
of progressives brought
about APC adding that
lack of internal democracy
and respect for aggrieved
members caused the PDP the
Dino Melaye
election.
On the election tribunal where
he is challenging Governor
Godswill Akpabio for the
Ikot Ekpene senatorial seat,
Okori expressed confidence
in the integrity of the tribunal
members to be fair to all sides
in the petition.
“The judiciary is made up
of men of integrity. You could
recall that a lot of judiciary
officers have lost their job in
the last one year and I want
to believe that everybody and
every judiciary officer will be
very careful.
“But the bulk still stops at the
table of the press because this
democracy we are enjoying
today would not have been
there without the press that
fought for it to come to pass in
1999.
“If the media do the same
work that I know the media
to be excellent at, we should
be able to police what the
tribunal members are doing.
But let us not cast aspersion
on their persons before they
even arrive to start their work.
The press should do their work
and allow the tribunal do theirs
accordingly.
“But I don’t see why a tribunal
member will want to come and
live in a hotel of a of a witness
because there are rules and the
President of the Court of Appeal
has read out stern warning to
the justices and mind you the
government that is coming
from May 29 is a very serious
and strict government,” he said


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