Akwa Ibom: APC shuns peace accord

The Akwa Ibom state APC candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial election, Obong Nsima Ekere was today absent at a peace accord meeting held by the INEC. Speaking at the event, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini assured that the commission is committed to conducting free and credible elections in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria.

Igini who spoke at Ibom Hall, Uyo on Wednesday said the signing of the peace accord was part of the commission’s preparation for credible and acceptable 2019 general elections.

Present at the occasion was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, Deputy Governor Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, Chairmen and candidates of political parties.

Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Nsima Ekere and his running mate, Mr Amadu Attai did not attend the peace accord ceremony and were not represented.

INEC REC Igini cleared the air on the rumours of his transfer, describing it as false.

Security Personnel at the Uyo INEC Peace Accord
Security Personnel at the Uyo INEC Peace Accord

He explained that the REC in Bayelsa State is Elder Monday Tom, who is an indigene of Akwa Ibom State and cannot be transferred to his home state but can serve in any other state in the south south region of the country.

The APC in the state is yet to issue an official statement on why it would not sign the peace accord.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel and other candidates at the Uyo INEC peace accord
Gov. Udom Emmanuel and other candidates at the Uyo INEC peace accord

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