A former state lawmaker and chieftain of APC, Engr Akanimo Edet has disagreed with his party’s governorship candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere on the conduct of the 2019 governorship elections in his local government Area.
Appearing in the elections petitions tribunal sitting at Court 8 along Fulga road in Uyo, Engr Edet distanced himself from claims by his party that it won the elections in Etim Ekpo, contrary to the result released by the electoral umpire, which went in favour of the PDP.
In the petition filed by Mr Nsima Ekere and the All Progressives Congress, among the reliefs sought in page 42(e), include the prayer that all results declared by INEC be set aside and fresh elections ordered, “except in Etim Ekpo and Essien Udim local government areas where elections were conducted at the polling units and results announced.”
However, this claim was effectively punctured by Engr Edet, who as local government collation agent, testified that there was no election in all parts of Etim Ekpo.
It was discovered that following the refusal of the tribunal to accept Mr Amadu Attai’s inclusion by APC as a witness, it was incumbent on Engr. Edet to tender the fake results of Etim Ekpo, in accordance with his party’s submission, an opportunity which slipped off to the chagrin of his party leaders.
Under examination, Edet admitted to the statement he had earlier deposed under oath, in which he claimed that there was no collation and announcement of results throughout his local government.
On cross examination, Chief Assam Assam(SAN) Counsel to Governor Udom Emmanuel asked Engr. Edet if his party won the governorship election in Etim Ekpo, to which he answered with a very harsh tone, “there was no election so there is no way APC could not have won.
The party leadership has vowed to take drastic punitive measures against Engr.Akanimo Edet who it claimed has humiliated the party by fore closing their chance of presenting the acclaimed victorious result before the tribunal.