The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Akwa Ibom state, Mike Igini, has revealed how some politicians who are accusing him of electoral fraud tried to take him abroad for a secret meeting.
Igini was accused of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the election by the All Progressives Congress.
During an interview with the Nation, Igini stated that his accusers want him to compromise the electoral process.
“The very people who wanted me to compromise are the ones who are accusing me. They are the ones who wanted me to travel abroad to hold a secret meeting with them and I said no.”
“I said why do you want to go abroad and discuss the affairs of an electoral process outside Nigeria? Why do you want me to enter the aeroplane and go to where? If you want to have a meeting with me, come to my office.”
“Since I have been in this state, anybody who says he has given me pure water, let him or her come forward and say so. All those who contested the elections whether, in PDP or APC or any party, I don’t know them other than their lists of the names.”
“As I speak to you, I don’t have their contacts, even those who won. If I see them on the way, I won’t recognise them,” he said.
Igini also said the era of “writing fictitious results are over”.
In his statement, he claimed that apart from the 1999 election no free, fair and credible election has been conducted in the state until the last one.
“In Akwa Ibom, apart from 1999, they have not been delivering ballot papers results in sheets to polling units.”
“They have been writing results in Akwa Ibom state. There were no genuine elections in the state and I said there has to be a paradigm shift to the side of the will of the people,” Igini added.