“Where Did We Expect To Manufacture Votes From?” A’Ibom APC Members Ask
Members of the All Progressives Congress [APC] in Akwa Ibom State have asked themselves the rhetoric question captioned above in the aftermath of the 2019 gubernatorial election held in the state.
Obong (Dr.) Godwin Noah who served as Chairman, sub-committee on Security, Etinan Local Government Area APC Campaign Committee was quoted as saying:
“I knew it would be easier for the head of an elephant to pass through the eye of the needle than for our party to win the elections of the 9th of March, 2019 when we lost 29 local governments areas to PDP during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“Where did we expect to manufacture votes from?”
He went on to further state thus:
“Also we don’t need the services of a clairvoyant to know that most if not all our candidates were not prepared for the elections. Some were mere pretenders than contenders.”
His statement was described as a “post-mortem analysis of the reason the APC failed woefully on March 9, 2019” by elders and stakeholders of Akwa Ibom State.
The elders and stakeholders drew the conclusion during a press conference they hosted in the aftermath of the 2019 governorship and state house of assembly elections, March 18, 2019.
On former Governor Godswill Akpabio’s war threat, they said:
“You are all living witnesses to the tension and palpable fear that had filled our otherwise peaceful and serene State; the promise of Armageddon; of Warsaw saw war, the importation of thugs from Benin , Edo State to inflict violence on our people and cause the election to be cancelled or rendered inconclusive.
“You all heard the audio recordings of the governorship candidate of the APC negotiating with the merchants of death and violence and agreeing on the price needed to execute his evil designs, demanding to know if those purveyors of deaths would operate as “investors or Contractors” as if the lives of Akwa Ibom person are so cheap as to be reduced or negotiated away in Naira and Kobo.
“You are all familiar with the much touted deployment of Federal Might and that the elections would end in merely three hours.
“Those who boasted of Warsaw saw war, suffered the same fate as the man who had commanded the German troops on September 1, 1939 to go to Warsaw, Poland and killed the innocent Jewish people, Adolf Hitler.
“Like Adolf Hitler who was deserted at the end of his misadventure by the previously fawning generals and now depressed and forlorn in a solitary bunker, committed suicide, those who promised us war were consumed by the tempest of anger of the people who massively turned against their evil designs and rejected them at the polls.
“Their boasts of Warsaw saw war became the symphony of their political suicide.”
The stakeholders concluded by saying:
“The good people of Akwa Ibom State spoke through their votes on March 9, 2019 and unanimously made their choice known on whom they felt best represents their values, hopes, aspirations and future growth and peaceful co-existence.
“They voted massively for the re-election of Deacon Udom Emmanuel as their Governor.
“They people have spoken and their will MUST BE RESPECTED!”