APC rejects final result
The final results of last Saturday’s presidential polls in Akwa Ibom State have been officially declared.
The Returning Officer, Professor Ekpoke announced the final results about 2.30 pm Monday in the INEC Conference center in Uyo, the State capital.
The returning officer gave the total number of registered voters in the state as 1,644,481 while the number accredited by INEC to vote in the elections stood 1,074,070.
Parties and their scores as announced by the Returning Officer were: AA – 1,600, AD – 443, ACPN- 474, ADC- 608, APA- 384, APC- 58,411, CPP- 412, HDP- 194, KOWA- 160, NCP- 381, PDP- 953,304, PDM-327, UDP- 224 and UPP-144.
The returning officer put the total number of valid votes cast in the polls at 1,027,064, total rejected votes at 11,487 while total votes cast stood at 1,028,551.
The APC representative at the result announcement, Mr. Ekong Ebienang refused to sign the final result sheet.
He said his Party refused to sign because the result was found to be fundamentally flawed right from the fields.
He added that APC will take official position regarding the election and the result as announced.
However, the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo who spoke at the end of the announcement thanked the Akwa Ibom people and indeed Nigerians for ensuring that the election was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
He declared that the Presidential election was free and fair and the result as announced, a true reflection of the wishes of the people.
On APC‘s allegation that the election was fundamentally flawed from the fields, Obong Paul Ekpo countered. He said:” I wonder why APC is making noise, the Party is non- existence in Akwa Ibom, they should rejoice that they had up to 50,000 votes.”
Obong Ekpo further added that PDP in the State will investigate the results credited to APC because they are not suppose to have that much as the Party is not visible in Akwa Ibom.
Also speaking, another PDP Chieftain and State Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem said the election went generally well though the Card Reader Machine brought in by INEC almost marred the process.
He faulted INEC for bringing in the machine without adequate technological knowledge.
Enoidem said he had challenges being accredited by the Card reader and this also affected a lot others.
He cautioned INEC against using these faulty machines in the remaining elections so as not to cause serious problems for the people.