By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described a recent comment by Senator Godswill Akpabio on how his new party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, would take over the state, as an empty threat.
Senator Akpabio had, during the funeral mass of his grand mother in-law, last weekend, in Enugu State, said that the APC will take over Akwa Ibom State like Hitler’s invasion of Poland, adding: “The impending 2019 election will be full scale war and my party the APC, will win. In 2019, Warsaw shall see war and war shall see Warsaw.”
PDP, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, said it was not surprised by Akpabio’s recent statement following earlier threats by the APC that it must capture Akwa Ibom at all cost.
The party said: “As a party, having waited for more than 24 hours without any release from him or his office, refuting the said news report, we have concluded that he made the statement.
“The weight to be attached to this war cry becomes the next line of thought. Should the statement be taken with a pinch of salt and viewed as one of the straw clutching antics of a drowning man? Or should it be viewed seriously, as a blood thirsty motivated prophecy, announcing the plan of events to come?
“In contemporary Nigeria, Akwa Ibom has been listed by many leaders of the APC, as one of the states that must be captured, at all cost. We can only, therefore, like reasonable people, view this anti-people statement by Senator Akpabio as a confirmation of the war-ready disposition of the APC towards Akwa Ibom State.
“On several occasions, chieftains of that broom-wielding party had openly boasted that they would use federal might to win, or where that fails, simply announce the elections in their favour.
“Senator Akpabio has also been quoted by many top politicians to have said that the results of the 2019 election for Akwa Ibom State had already been written, noting that all that was left was its announcement.
“We urge security agencies to invite Akpabio for questioning and explanation, as a statement of such magnitude should arouse their (security agencies) interest.”