Buhari talks tough on Akpabio’s loss in Akwa Ibom, vows to reclaim stolen mandate

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Senator Godswill Akpabio’s loss in the February 23 National Assembly election as “robbery”.

Buhari made this known on Monday, when he visited the state to thank residents for voting massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The president was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Recall that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Chris Ekpenyong defeated Akpabio in the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial seat.

Ekpenyong scored 118,215 votes to defeat Akpabio, who secured 83,158.

But the president said that it was not possible for Akpabio and the party to have lost the election, saying that all wrongs done during the Presidential and National Assembly elections would be addressed.

He said, “What happened on the 23rd of February was robbery. The votes of the people was 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 would be restored.

“It is not possible that Senator Godwill Akpabio lost. We are in no doubt that Senator Akpabio is the elected senator of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district. I, and Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of party 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.”

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