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Governor Akpabio debunks REC bribe story by APC

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, has dismissed as false and malicious, the insinuation making the rounds alleging he bribed the Resident Electoral Commissioner in his state to write the Presidential result for him.                                                             .

Speaking through his Information and communications Commissioner, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, Governor Akpabio described as cheap talk, his purported bribe of the REC with the sum of N2.5 billion and a Prado Jeep,  insisting that, this resort to hyperbolic blackmail by opposition and their cohorts in the state, is the height of desperation, which reveals the poverty of their reasoning faculties.

Governor Akpabio wondered how, where and when the transaction was made, and challenged the purveyors of the story, which he explained, remains a figment of their miserable imaginations, to expose to the public, how such an incredible sum was given out, transferred or paid, including details of the banks, agents or account details which made or received the payments.

While acknowledging that, some desperate politicians are going for broke in their selfish bid to win elections at all cost, the governor reminded them that, power resides with the voters, who will either elect or reject them at the polls and that, no amount of hate mongering or smear campaign against his person will buoy their cause, as Akwa Ibom people are already firmly decided on how and who to vote for.

Akpabio however reiterated his call for peaceful polls and issue-based campaigns, regretting that, the willful resort to relentless blackmail, falsehood and mendacity  by those who have little or nothing to offer the people has been elevated to such perfidy that takes the shine of our democracy.
Governor Akpabio accordingly urged on the people, to discountenance the vicious campaign of calumny by these peddlers of fiction and demonstrate their condemnation of their stock in trade by voting for the credible candidates put forward by the Peoples Democratic Party in the April 11, 2015 Governorship and House of Assembly Elections.

The governor however charged  official and staff of the electoral body to remain focused on their constitutionally prescribed duty of delivering a credible, free and fair election once again in the State.

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  1. If zoning is PDP choice, that’s ok by the party but not Akwa Ibom. politics is a game of freedom. On the allegation, we shall investigate cause such money can never be paid through the above mentioned. mediums.

  2. When u are gud no allegation can Bridgman u down

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