Senator Godswill Akpabio has accused the Akwa Ibom State resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, of manipulating the February 23 senatorial election against him.
Akpabio said God will soon expose those who fraudulently orchestrated his loss in the National Assembly election.
Speaking at Ukana, Essien Udim local government area of the state during an empowerment programme, the senator said Igini manipulated the election to rob him of the votes his constituents gave him, adding that ”Igini is the most compromised electoral officer in Nigeria and should not be allowed to hold public office”.
He insisted that he did not lose the election, and urged his people not to be dismayed by the temporary setback.
Akabio added that the ‘evil manipulation’ by Igini and his cohorts are being exposed as seen evidence in the arrest of some persons with card readers and other election materials. He said:
”Please nobody should have any headache, nobody should cry because there is no need. You know your senator cannot lose election because we were all there.
”But many of them thought they can go and write whatever they like and even cancel what you won. I have never in my life experienced a resident electoral commissioner like Mike Igini and my message to him is that his hypocrisy will be exposed.
”There is no way you can come into Akwa Ibom and commit that kind of electoral fraud you committed then you go back to Channels Television and sit down and talk as if you are a pope.
”One day the world will know you and very soon the world will know you. All the materials we are recovering everyday will expose you.
”Just yesterday(Friday), the police arrested people carrying materials from where they voted and were trying to sneak into INEC. The other day, they arrested someone with card readers. He was frantically calling and trying to say that they were used for training three months after election so that they will continue to manipulate”, he said.