A Senatorial aspirant for Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot-Ekpene) in the 2019 general elections, Otuekong Inibehe Okori, has revealed he won his district’s 2015 Senatorial election.
Okori said he was robbed of victory in 2019 in order to ensure the former Akwa Ibom State Governor emerged.
Okori who described Akpabio as an underdog to him in 2015 said the then federal government used federal might to strip him off victory, as he remains hopeful that the present Federal Government will not do same.
Addressing a group of journalists over the weekend in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, the senatorial hopeful expressed optimism that he would win the forthcoming senatorial election.
Okori maintained that it was high time the Abak 5, a socio-political unit made up of Abak, Etim Ekpo, Oruk-Anam and Ukanafun local government areas produced the next senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He bemoaned the age-long marginalization of the area, which he said has never been given the opportunity to produce a senator to represent the people since its inception, and applauded the APC for zoning the senatorial seat to the area.
“I don’t want to discredit anybody, you are aware that I won the election in 2015, and I will win again in 2019. Akpabio was an underdog to me in 2015, except that he was being helped by the security agencies of the federal government.
“We don’t need to forget history, I’m here for business”. He said
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, having delivered successful elections in Ekiti, Anambra and the by-elections in Cross River and others.
According to him, the party was going to stand by the recommendations of the Committee set up by former chairman of the party, Amadu Atai which had zoned the seat to Abak5.
“You will recall that the former chairman of our party, Dr. Amadu Atai, set up a committee and that committee has recommended that it was the turn of Abak 5 to produce the next senator for the Akwa Ibom North East at National Assembly”.
Okori disclosed he had to address journalists, considering the sacrosanctness of their roles in governance.
He dismissed insinuations in some quarters that Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas are not safe saying as a result of the activities of the militants saying ” if they were not safe I wouldn’t have driven to hold a stakeholder meeting with my people today.”