Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, says no accusing finger must be pointed at him relating to the irregularities within the ongoing rerun election for Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district as a result of he has no real interest in it.
The minister, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) withdrew from the ballot, opposite to a directive from the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
His withdrawal got here after he was appointed minister, however INEC had insisted that he stays a candidate and can’t be changed by his social gathering.
In an announcement by Anietie Ekong, Akpabio’s chief press secretary, the minister denied rumours linking him to irregularities within the ongoing election.
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He stated: “It’s well-known that due to larger nationwide duties as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio had withdrawn his candidature from the stated election. He was changed by the APC with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.
“The opposite candidates who have been scheduled for the elections, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen and Rt. Hon Emmanuel Akpan have written to announce their withdrawal from the elections.
”And simply yesterday, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon Ini Okopido at a extensively publicized press convention introduced that the APC is not going to take part within the rerun elections.
“So on what foundation would any sane human being hyperlink Senator Akpabio to no matter is occurring in Essien Udim Native Authorities Space?”