I Am Not Responsible For Any Irregularities – Akpabio Speaks On Rerun Poll
The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio has washed his hands of any irregularities in the ongoing rerun election for Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district.
Akpabio, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate during the 2019 senatorial election said he is no more interested in the contest after a federal high court ordered a rerun poll.
His statement is coming on the heels of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State accusing him of perpetrating irregularities in the poll.
In a statement by Anietie Ekong, his chief press secretary, Akpabio distanced himself from the poll while also denying the rumour linking him to irregularities in the ongoing exercise.
He said: “It is well known that because of higher national responsibilities as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio had withdrawn his candidature from the said election. He was replaced by the APC with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.
“The other candidates who were scheduled for the elections, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen and Rt. Hon Emmanuel Akpan has written to announce their withdrawal from the elections.
”And just yesterday, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon Ini Okopido at a widely publicized press conference announced that the APC will not participate in the rerun elections.
“So on what basis would any sane human being link Senator Akpabio to whatever is happening in Essien Udim Local Government Area?”