A’Ibom REC Clears Air On APC State Executives

Wed May 25th, 2022 - Akwa Ibom

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, has explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will not change its report on the State Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State held in October 2021.

The congress recognised Mr. Austin Ekanem as the winner and chairman of the Akwa Ibom APC State Executive Committee.

This clarification comes even as the APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, has already inaugurated a parralel State Executive Committee of the party in defiance to a Court of Appeal order, asking parties to maintain status quo.

Igini stated this while briefing journalists on INEC’s preparedness ahead of the 2023 general elections in the State.

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He reported an increase in voter registration in Akwa Ibom State, following the creation of new polling units.

Reacting to the leadership crisis in the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the APC, Igini told journalists that INEC will not compromise its stance on sanctity of the processes that birthed the Austin Ekanem-led State Executives of the party last year.

Recall that APC conducted State Congresses across the country on October 16, 2021. In Akwa Ibom State, the Congress conducted by the 7-Member Banki Sheriff-led Election Committee, dispatched for the exercise by the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led defunct Caretaker Committee, produced Mr. Ekanem as chairman, having won the exercise by polling 1,278 votes.




source: Leadership