The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),Mike Igini for Akwa Ibom State has disclosed that some politician go to election with the sole purpose of blackmailing those duly elected while drawing media attention.
He also pointed accusing finger at the All Progressive Congress,APC, for disclosing that they have been given access to electoral materials used for the last gubernatorial poll.
The electoral officer stated this while reacting to the allegation that the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is trying to frustrate the case at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The legal team of the gubernotorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress,APC, had pointed accusing finger at the Independent Electoral Commission,INEC, for allegedly preventing them from accessing the materials used in the conduct of the election.
His statement reads below.
“There are some reasons why people go to the tribunals; one of the reasons is that people who have genuine reasons where return that was made should not have been made have reasons to go the tribunal;
also contestants in an election that have lost out also go the tribunal first to rationalise defeat; they also go to the tribunal for the purpose of blackmailing those that have been returned with a view to having some form of settlement to defray their personal cost.
“They also go to the tribunal to remain in the media for a long time because by virtue of Section 285, you will need to spend about 180 days in the tribunal and 60 days each in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. So, if you still have an intention to contest another election, you remain in the public domain for a very long time.
“And finally, you know on the 29th on this month, there will be an exchange of baton; new governors will be sworn in. The president also will have to be sworn in for the second time. There is going to be a cabinet constitution. So you need to make noise in any of your jurisdiction now so that they can hear you.
“In fact, currently, I can tell you, this is the one that is being applied in so many of the states right now. And in this state, I am aware that they are going to up their media engagement as from next week.”
SOURCE: SAHARA REPORTERS
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