A/Ibom Polls: We Must Reclaim Our ‘Stolen Mandate’, Says Umana

umana umanaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Akwa Ibom State governorship elections, Umana Okon Umana, has vowed to regain his “stolen mandate”.
Umana is currently at the election petitions tribunal challenging the declaration of Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the April polls and governor of the state.
The APC governorship candidate in a statement on Saturday, stressed that no amount of frustration from the INEC or PDP will deter him from pursuing his case to a logical conclusion.
He said though there have been challenges ranging from destruction of evidence to frustration of forensic inspection of electoral materials, his victory at the tribunal is certain.
Umana, however pointed out that in reclaiming his mandate, he would ensure that he goes through the right process and avoid anything that could cause problem in the state.
“Earlier in the year, I met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the matter and he encouraged me to go to court, but insisted that I should follow due process and that is what I intend to do. It is really sad that elections in my state were marred by so many irregularities. The situation even led to loss of lives and large-scale harassment of residents. Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the state government, security agents and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rob APC of victory. The people had hoped that there would be free and fair elections and that their votes would count but unfortunately that was not the case. Even for the presidential election, our votes in the APC were not allowed to count and it is a really sad development”, he said.
The former Akwa Ibom SGF maintained that he is in possession of strong evidence to support his position that elections were not held in the state, adding that his opponent does not stand a chance at the tribunal.
“We have adequate evidence to prove that no election held. Our people were on ground, so everything that transpired was recorded. I am optimistic that with what we have, we will win at the tribunal”, he said.
Umana also expressed confidence that if free and fair elections is held in the state, he would emerge victorious.



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