The senator representing the Akwa Ibom North West, Godswill Akpabio, said on Wednesday that no amount of propaganda would deter him from challenging what he called “electoral heist” at the election tribunal.
Akpabio said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Anietie Ekong.
Ekong said there was no truth in a publication that quoted Akpabio as saying that he would win at the Court of Appeal if he failed at the election petitions tribunal.
He described the report as a “political propaganda manufactured from the pit of hell.”
He said the aim of the report was to intimidate and blackmail members of the election tribunal and sway them from the course of justice.
He said, “Our suspicion is that having accessed the quantum of unassailable evidence at the disposal of the election petitions tribunal of how Senator Akpabio was robbed of his victory in the February 23 National Assembly election, these devious characters have resorted to underhand tactics to intimidate the judges from dispensing justice without fear and intimidation.
“We are of the belief that the sickening brazenness and impunity with which the election of Senator Akpabio as senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress was rigged cannot be left unchallenged.
“It is not just about Senator Godswill Akpabio; the rights of the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District to freely choose their leader cannot be mortgaged on any account.
“This is why Senator Akpabio has chosen the path of due process by challenging the electoral heist of February 23. Such daylight robbery cannot stand.
“The election petition tribunal will have no inhibition upturning the shambolic election. This is why his opponents are in panic. The senator has implicit confidence in the judiciary to dispense justice without fear or intimidation.”