Igini writes Ize-Iyamu’ s campaign team, APC chair, threatens to sue over allegation of rigging plot

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Akwa-Ibom  State , Mr. Mike Igini has threatened to sue the  All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s  campaign council over an alleged defamatory statement credited to them. 

Ize-Iyamu’s  campaign council in a statement had alleged that Governor Obaseki has engaged Igini to manipulate the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The APC campaign council in the statement  issued by the chairman, Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki asked the Akwa Ibom REC, Igini to explain his presence at Protea Hotel in Benin City where National Commissioners of the electoral body from Abuja were lodged.

But Igini through his lawyer, Mr. Clement Onwuenwunor, in a pre – litigation letter, dated August 31 and addressed  separately to Col. David Imuse (Rtd), chairman,  Ize-Iyamu’s campaign council and Mayaki demanded for the retraction of the statement, an apology letter that would be broadcast in major television stations and also to be published in major national dailies.

Besides, Igini also demanded for the sum of One billion naira from Ize-Iyamu’s campaign council as damages for the said defamatory statement.

The lawyer however stated that if the campaign council fails, refuse or neglect to comply with the demand of his client within 48hours, he would have no option than to perfect his client standing order against them.

Meanwhile, the national president, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima has berated the campaign council over the allegation.

Shettima in a statement, described it as patently untrue  and very  laughable.

He said prominent political  actors who currently hold significant positions  in political  parties and  public offices in the country since 1999, were mostly bystanders in the struggle for the return  of democracy  in Nigeria.

The statement read in part: “Many of the said political actors  who reap enormous  rewards from the political arena in  which they made no sacrifices  to attain are often reckless in their actions because they never paid the heavy price that many who struggled to earn the democracy they enjoy had to bear.

“These actors are, therefore,  quick to make unguarded statements and think very little about jeopardizing the democratic enterprise in Nigeria at the slightest threat to the huge rewards they collect from the Nigerian people.

“ It is against the above background  that my attention  was  drawn to some patently untrue  and very  laughable allegations against the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Akwa-Ibom  State , Mr. Mike Igini, to the effect that he is complicit with some political  actors in Edo state , with the intention  of  undermining the forthcoming  Edo election.   This is a very ridiculous and mendacious allegation given the attributes of  Igini that we  all know as Nigerians. “An uncompromising activist and a  public officer per excellence  who has shown exceptional  character and integrity as an electoral commissioner.

“ He fought for  and  was  at the frontline of the struggle for democracy , a battle we all fought together  against anti-democratic forces in Nigeria”.

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