APC Victory: I have been vindicated – Etiebet

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A member of the Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Don Etiebet, said he has been vindicated by the defeat of the PDP to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

He stated that when he discovered a crack in the party structure, he tried to get access to President Goodluck Jonathan but the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, did not allow him or any other persons from the state access to the president.

Etiebet added that what happened on Tuesday’s elections announcement was as a result of rebellion against the PDP.

He added that half of the votes from the PDP controlled-states propelled the APC to victory.

The former petroleum minister stated that by the president’s actions in congratulating Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) on the victory, saying it was a new beginning for the country’s politics.

According to him, the result is exciting, adding that it was historic for the incumbent president in Nigeria to lose in an election.

Etiebet said, “I will also like to say that it was not APC winning, it was not PDP losing. Do you know that from the analysis, the total number of votes lost by PDP controlled-states was more than half of the total number of APC winning votes?

“You can analyse what happened by yourself. You will discover that somebody was misled somewhere, somehow; attention was not paid by the PDP hierarchy and the people had to rebel.

“This is a rebellion against the party, including myself. I did everything to let them know that they were on a wrong course, but my Governor (Akpabio) tried to bring a local politics to national level; that he will not allow anybody else access to the president and to the leadership of the party.

“And by God’s grace, I have been vindicated today. It is the PDP that lost the election.”

Etiebet stated that governorship elections in April 11 will follow the suit.

The APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Umana Umana, said he was happy that his party won the presidential election.

He said, “I am happy that my party, APC, is behind the wind of change blowing across Nigeria.

“With Buhari, the era of impunity has finally come to an end. The moment is historic for Nigeria. Buhari has character; he has what is required to turn Nigeria round, politically and economically.”

APC member and House of Representatives candidate for Uyo Federal Constituency, Mrs. Dora Ebong, said she was happy about the outcome of the presidential election.

She stated that she did not have confidence in the electoral process because of the way a single man hijacked the process in Akwa Ibom State.

She added, “In the just concluded presidential election, I went round the 42 wards in my Federal Constituency and I told my people that even if Akpabio succeeds in stealing all the votes from Akwa Ibom State for Jonathan and he did not win the vote in Kano, Borno or Sokoto, it will be sheer nonsense.”

Former Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ita Awak, said thousands of PDP members had defected to the APC overnight.

He stated that with what had happened, the state was ready to vote in “the peoples governor”, Mr. Umana Umana, on April 11.

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