By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The controversy over who won election to represent Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District at the National Assembly has been put to rest with the official results read by Prof. Peter Ekaiko Oban.
Prof. Oban who was the Returning Officer for the district during last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, announced Engr. Chris Ekpenyong of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the polls.
According to the results read, Engr. Ekpenyong scored a total votes of 118,215, while Senator Godswill Akpabio of All Progressives Congress (APC) had 83,158 votes. Five candidates from other political parties who contested for seat have 118 votes and below respectively.
Similarly, a one time member representing Ikot Ekpene state constituency at the State House of Assembly, Mr. Nsikak Ekong of PDP has also been declared winner of the federal constituency seat in the district.
Reports from other places showed PDP winning two other senatorial districts and nine federal constituencies of the state while APC had none.
However, results from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district had created dust since last Saturday because the Returning Officer, Prof. Oban was in a hiding following alleged threats on his life by the now ousted former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
He was alleged to have offered the Returning Officer and other INEC officials who conducted the elections in the area some juicy amount to force them subverts the will of people from the district.
When his attempts failed as the officials refused the offer, he resorted to threats to life, hence the announcement of the results was delayed.
Akpabio had before now in several fora, been boasting that his Party, APC will sweep the states in South South including Akwa Ibom but with outcome of the exercise in Akwa Ibom, Akpabio who is also the former of the state cannot play God.
God allows the will of the people which was freely exercised at the polls to prevail. Not the federal might as APC openly boasted during campaign in the state.
New Nigerian in Uyo has observed that with the defeat of Senator Akpabio who defected into APC and was regarded in the party as a saviour, the party is now jittery over governorship and state house of assembly elections slated for March 9