The judgment delivered by the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has been described as an unnecessary and unwarranted distraction to Governor Udom Emmanue

The judgment delivered by the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has been described as an unnecessary and unwarranted distraction to Governor Udom Emmanuel in his determined effort to industrialize the state and create wealth for the people.
This was part of an eleven-point communiqué issued by the Akwa Ibom State Consultative Elders Forum of the Devine Mandate at the end of its meeting in Uyo.
The Forum noted that the Tribunal was battling between maintaining its independence and integrity and coping with the influence of the ruling party as events leading to the judgment had been signposted by the relocation of its sitting to Abuja.
The communiqué which was read by a former Minister for Lands and Housing, Chief Nduese Essien wondered why a Tribunal could find the House of Assembly Election in Akwa Ibom State generally free and fair as the decision of Tribunal and Appeal Court have shown, but went ahead to order a re-run of the Governorship Election conducted on the same day by the same Electoral Officers, with same balloting instruments.
The meeting argued that with the Tribunal validating Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s four hundred and ninety-five thousand two hundred and four votes from thirteen Local Government Areas, the APC candidate has to poll at least five hundred and ten thousand votes to defeat the Governor who needs just fifty-two thousand votes to sustain his victory from the five hundred and sixty-one thousand six hundred and four registered voters in the eighteen Local Government Areas.
With the fore-going the Forum noted that the Governor is sure of victory with majority votes.
According to the communiqué despite what it described as prejudiced verdict, Mr. Udom Emmanuel remains in office, emphasizing that the judgment cannot stand in view of its inherent contradictions which it said portends danger for democracy and national stability.
While assuring, Governor Udom Emmanuel and his Deputy Mr. Moses Ekpo of its unwavering support and loyalty, the Forum re-iterated it determination to resist attempt to thwart the mandate entrusted to the Governor by the Akwa Ibom people.
The Forum charged all lovers of democracy not to be daunted as the judgment will not stand the test of time and the will of the people.
The communiqué was signed by Chief Nduese Essien, Obong Peter Ekpe Atakpo, Obong Peter Umana, Obong Essien Esema, Otuekong Raphael Bassey and Elder Nse Samuel Atang.
Others who also signed the communiqué were; Obong Thomas Akpan, Obong Offiong Akpabio, Chief Okon Essang, Chief Jack Udota and Barrister Nse Ekanem.

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