The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Akwa-Ibom , Obong Umana Umana has expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment of the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on the April 11, 2015 insisting that it was inconsistent with the petitions filed by his party.
Umana told journalists in Uyo that the three man Tribunal headed by Justice Ishaq Umar ought to have nullified the elections in the 31 local government areas of the state and not in only 18 local government areas.
“We are not satisfied with the position taken by the Election Petitions Tribunal because we are all aware that election did not hold in this state and that what was supposed to be election was characterised by large scale fraud and violence in the entire 31 local government areas of this state,” he insisted.
He stated that if the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal could nullify the governorship elections in that state, that of Akwa-Ibom deserved to have been nullified because the template used in perpetrating the said electoral fraud in Rivers State was the same used in Akwa-Ibom State.
“In fact, the template used for rigging the Rivers State elections was designed in Akwa-Ibom State and borrowed to Rivers State. So, we are appealing that elections in the 31 local government areas of the state be annulled completely so that Akwa-Ibom people can now come out and elect their governor.
“We are not satisfied that somebody is occupying an office he was not elected to occupy which is why the state is experiencing this lull in activities. So, we are appealing that judgment until we have justice,” Umana stressed.
It would be recalled that Governor Udom Emmanuel had on his part expressed confidence in the Nigerian judiciary to continue to dispense justice and fair play in the handling of electoral matters in line with the Constitution that provides for the existence of multi-party system.
The governor was addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful who gathered to receive him at the Globe Square, Wellington Bassey Way in solidarity with the judgment of the Akwa-Ibom State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
“Let me tell Akwa Ibom people that we have absolute confidence in the judiciary. Nigeria operates a multi-party system and we must allow the Constitution to hold sway. Today, Akwa-Ibom people are focused and we are moving towards the Promised Land,” he said.
He used the platform to announce that the ground breaking ceremonies of two more industries including a Metre Assembly Plant and a new line for Marine Paint at the Peacock Paint Industry, Ikot Ekan, Etinan would be performed this week in line with his promise to industrialise the state, create jobs for the unemployed ones and create wealth for the state.
“Our commitment to industrialization is on course and cannot be deterred as the will of God has been expressed by the people in their overwhelming votes for PDP which has a household name in Akwa-Ibom State”, the governor said.
He thanked the people for the solidarity and assured of his implicit confidence in the judiciary for justice and equity, adding that democracy would be sweeter if the multi-party system was allowed to thrive in the constitution of the country.

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