TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY SENATOR ALOYSIUS ETOK, CHAIRMAN, APC LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HELD AT THE PARTY SECRETARIAT IN UYO ON WEDNESDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER, 2017
Gentlemen of the press,
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State Chapter is getting increasingly perturbed and concerned following verifiable information of clandestine moves by the PDP in collusion with the stated independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) to gain undue advantage in the in the December 2nd Local Government election.
Right from the issuance of Notice for Local Government election by AKISIEC, we observed a clear pattern of absurdity and breach of rules of practice and procedure for the call-up to the election for which we approached the court for relevant interpretation.
As expected, we are pursuing the matter and other issues of concern via the appropriate judicial channels to ensure that APC and her candidates stand on a and proper footing with other candidates for the election.
Consequent upon further concern, APC issued a press Release on 8th November, 2017 titled “Illegal/Secret Recruitment and Training of ad hoc Staff for the December 2nd Local Government Election by AKISIEC” wherein we queried and cautioned the recruitment exercise by AKISIEC which ought to be open and transparent but was fraught with irregularities and embellished in secrecy.
Of late, APC has noticed with dismay an amended edition of the publication the ” AKISIEC Manual for Election Official (2017)”, copies of which are restricted from circulation to the party. Informed sources say the essential provisions of the Manual dealing with announcement of election results has been drastically altered and clearly negates the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended.
APC candidates in the Local Government Election are aware of threats and intimidation by thier PDP opponents who boastfully assert that the election result will be written and announced from “Government House”.
This is not a mere boast and assertion. APC takes the assertion very seriously as it is the accustomed practice of the PDP to announce Local Government election results from Government House contrary to the rules and procedure guiding announcement of election results.
We wish to alert the electorate, International Election Monitoring Group, Civil Liberty Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisation and the respective security agencies of the conspiracy and grand design by AKISIEC in collusion with the PDP to perfect the plot to rig the election in favour of the PDP thereby fraudulently derail the course of a peaceful Local Government Election in the state.
APC shall resist any attempt to manipulate the election and will reject the results of the an election not founded on the rule of law.
Gentlemen, before I end this press briefing, I wish to alert you once again of the flag-off ceremony of APC Local Government Election Campaign schedule to take place on Saturday, 18th November, 2017 at the Uyo Township Stadium commencing at 10:00am.
We are expected dignitaries from the presidency and the hierarchy of APC National Leadership from Abuja and across the country. It promises to be a remarkable event for APC in the state. Thank you and welcome.
Senator Aloysius Etok
Chairman, APC Local Government Election Campaign Committee
15th November, 2017