Group calls for arrest, prosecution of Akpabio over manipulation of Akwa Ibom senatorial election

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Says; Convicted INEC UNICAL Prof worked for him

The Election Transparency Group (ETG) has called for the arrest and

prosecution of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill

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Akpabio, over his involvement in falsification of results of the Akwa

Ibom North West senatorial election in 2019.

A High Court in Akwa Ibom State had sentenced Peter Ogban, a professor

of soil science at the University of Calabar, to three years in prison

for manipulation the election results.

Ogban was the returning officer in the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial

election in 2019. He was prosecuted by the Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC) and found guilty of altering results of

the election to favour Senator Akpabio who was the All Progressives

Congress (APC) candidate against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

candidate,  Senator Chris Ekpeyong.

ETG, in a release issued on Saturday and signed by its Convener, Dr.

Kazeem Adekunle, asked how the INEC returning officer will be jailed

while the person for whom he committed the electoral fraud is a

minister.

The group said it is on record that Akpabio was the mastermind of the

criminal act for which Prof Ogban was jailed.  He (Akpabio) was the

beneficiary of the fake over 61,000 votes recorded for APC in Essien

Udim Local Government where 19, 455 voters were accredited.

It is our opinion that it is hypocrically on the side of INEC for the

commission to have prosecuted only Prof Ogban, leaving Senator

Akpabio, who was the mastermind and beneficiary of the electoral fraud

untouched.

That the same Akpabio is even occupying the exalted office of a

Minister and member of the Federal Executive Council is an insult on

the collective sensibility of Nigerians.

It is also another clear confirmation of the deceit in President

Muhammadu Buhari’s to fight against corruption.

We therefore demand that Senator Godswill Akpabio be arrested and made

to face trial for being the sponsor of the criminal act on which the

executioner, Prof Ogban has been jailed.

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