- APC has fired back at Akwa Ibom state chapter of the PDP
- It said the crocodile tears of the party has shown its weakness ahead 2019
- It also boasted of its feats in the state, adding that more PDP members will defect to APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to a statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom state chapter, alleging the ruling part of plotting violence and votes rigging through its governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere.
APC, through an official rejoinder personally signed by its deputy publicity secretary, Nabena Yekini, and sent to NAIJ.com berated the PDP chapter of Akwa Ibom state, adding that the party's wolf cry is because of its beckoning defeat come 2019.
The party also accused the governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel, of covering up the rising number of security crisis, death and violence being perpetrated by PDP party leaders in the state.
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Nabena said: "In the face of imminent defeat in the forthcoming 2019 governorship and legislative election in Akwa Ibom state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resorted to falsehood and propaganda against All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in the state in its desperation to remain in the reckoning of the Akwa Ibom electorate.
"We view PDP’s wild and unsubstantiated allegations against former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Atuekong Don Etiebet and the 2019 APC governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere as one of the falsehoods and propaganda by the PDP.
"The PDP alleges that the APC chieftains are planning to foment violence in the state in order to ensure the postponement of the forthcoming elections. The allegation itself is a classic case of the aggressor playing the victim to cover up his misdeeds.
"Since the issue is security, we may as well expose the PDP and their leaders in Akwa Ibom state for who they are: purveyors of violence. We are aware of several petitions in the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) against the PDP national legal adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, a former commissioner in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration."
Nabena also boasted about the the feat recorded by APC in the state, adding that it was an indication that the people of the state are tired of the present PDP-led government and cannot wait to join the train of change come next year general election.
He added:"The Akwa Ibom electorate cannot wait for the 2019 general elections to vote out the incompetent PDP government. The tide has turned in Akwa Ibom State.
"As at today, APC, a party that did not win any councillorship seat in 2015 now has in its fold two out of three serving senators, many serving members of the House of Representatives, many serving members of the state House of Assembly.
"A majority of political leaders in the state, including Senator Akpabio; immediate- past deputy governor, Noble Lady Valerie Ebe; former petroleum minister, Atuekong Don Etiebet; former secretaries to state government, Obong Umanah Umanah and Etekamba Umoren; many commissioners and aides have joined the APC family, 371,000 registered members and counting
"It is laughable that the PDP continues to delude itself that Akwa Ibom state is a “core PDP state” and by implication canvassing for the coronation of the incumbent governor. The Akwa-Ibom electorate and indeed the political structure have rejected PDP and no amount of falsehood and propaganda can reverse their lost appeal in the state.
"Any attempt by the current PDP administration in state to cause crisis and disrupt the 2019 election will not be tolerated. The PDP has already lost the forthcoming election as a result of the pedestrian performance of the Udom Emmanuel administration. The party should face its fate rather than engage in scare mongering."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Godswill Akpabio representing Akwa Ibom North-West district, had expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would record a massive victory in Akwa Ibom state in the 2019 presidential election.
Akpabio, alongside Senator Ita Enang, an aide to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), led delegation from Akwa Ibom state APC on a courtesy visit to Buhari at the presidential villa on Monday, September 17.
Akpabio later told journalists that Akwa Ibom state would be the first state to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
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