The All Progressives Congress, APC in Akwa Ibom State has announced its withdrawal from the senatorial re-run election holding today.
This was disclosed in a press conference on Friday in Uyo, by the State Chairman of the APC, Mr Ini Okopido.
He said the party has withdrawn from the re-run election in Essien Udim local government area as it was dissatisfied with the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the state.
Okopido said both Senator Godswill Akpabio whose candidacy has been replaced with Emem Ekperkpe for the Senatorial District election and Nse Ntuen for Essien Udim State Constituency will not participate in the elections.
He said, “We have officially as a party withdrawn from the rerun elections in Essien Udim local government area. We are so dissatisfied with the conduct of INEC in Akwa Ibom State and we have withdrawn from the elections.
“As far as we are concerned, Igini has shown unprecedented bias against APC. We know he does not like APC in Akwa Ibom State and if he conducts any election in Akwa Ibom, the party will withdraw. Igini has not been fair to us as a state,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom on Friday accused Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Minister, of planning to rig the state and National Assembly rerun elections on Saturday.