I Did Not Manipulate Presidential, NASS Election Results In A’Ibom - Igini
There have been reports of election manipulation in Akwa Ibom, but the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Mike Igini, who has been fingered in the matter is saying, 'it wasn't me'.
An international observer group, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness released a report of their findings about the election in Akwa Ibom State in a video.
The Publicity Secretary of the Pan African Women Project, Mphoentle Keitseng, had said the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly engaged in manipulation.
Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23 and the electoral body was also accused of manipulating the election results.
But Igini told the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo on Saturday that the allegation was not true and that the election was not manipulated.
He said that elections were won and lost at the polling units, saying the REC would not be at the polling units from the beginning to the close of the polls.
“The allegations are incorrect, we have a total of 2,980 polling units, I was not in any these polling units from the opening to the close of the polls.
“I have no vote to given nor will I allow anybody to manipulate the election process,” igini claimed.
He noted that the commission had put in place, anti-rigging devices to check election malpractice in the state.
Igini explained that the strength of the political parties were determined on the election day at the polling units.
The REC said that henceforth, no politician would have access to poll officials in the state.
“No politician will know the level of presiding and collation officers in the state.
“They can no longer be the ones to supply ad-hoc staff that function in those categories,” Igini said.
The Akwa Ibom REC noted that the era where politicians were writing results had ended in Akwa Ibom, alleging that politicians before now carried result sheets to their houses, thumb print and re-write results.
“What they used to do in time past is to write results but it is now that they allow people to vote their conscience.
“The era of writing results on behalf of the good people of Akwa Ibom is gone forever,” Igini said.
While the observers have indicted the APC, Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters, claimed the election was fraught with several irregularities.
“The results in Akwa Ibom do not in any manner reflect the true voting and will of the people of the state.
“It was heavily and massively manipulated by the PDP in collision with an alliance with INEC’s permanent and Ad-hoc staff in the state.
“Throughout the course of the campaign, I try to personally avoid castigating INEC, i have aligned myself with all the complains that we as a party made against the Akwa Ibom REC.
“And I have thought that in the course of the elections that he will display what I thought I knew about him in terms of integrity but the last elections of Feb 23, is the lowest low,” Enang alleged.
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