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Akwa-Ibom: INEC robbed Akpabio, we’ll Reclaim Stolen Mandate — Buhari

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President Buhari has decried what he considered as the robbery of the votes of Akwa Ibom people during the presidential and National Assembly elections, assuring his supporters that they would be reclaimed.

He made the claim yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a town hall meeting to thank the people for casting their votes for the APC.

Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, encouraged the people to defend their votes during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

He stated that it was not possible for Senator Godswill Akpabio to have lost the elections, alleging that INEC robbed him and his party of victory, and that all the wrongs that were allegedly done during the elections would be addressed.

“What happened on the 23rd of February was robbery. The votes of the people were stolen but we are not deterred. The president sent me to thank you today. We are going to make sure that everything that was stolen on the 23rd February is restored. “It is not possible that Akpabio lost. We are in no doubt that Akpabio is the elected senator of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district. I and Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC have been in the opposition for long and we cannot be defeated anymore.

“Everyone of you should go out to vote on Saturday and defend your votes. We cannot be cheated; not only you but tell your neighbours to vote for Obong Nsima Ekere and all APC candidates. Wait for your votes to be counted. It is the duty of the Federal Government to provide security and we will do that. We will recover every one of our votes,” Osinbajo said.

Oshiomhole told the gathering that the party was not in the state to lament but to thank the people for doing their jobs and voting President Buhari. He alleged that INEC colluded with some of the electoral officers to deny the state of its electoral victory on February 23, even though the people voted for the party.

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