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Igini fires back at opposition youths seeking his redeployment

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo
30 June 2022   |   2:44 am
Youths, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Youths in Opposition Parties, have staged a protest at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission

[FILES] Akwa Ibom

Youths, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Youths in Opposition Parties, have staged a protest at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office, seeking the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini.

But Igini in his reaction dismissed the group and their allegations.

The youths, chanting ‘Mike Igini must go’, blocked the entrance to the Commission’s office and prevented staff from entering.

They carried placards that alleged that Igini had become a partisan umpire.

Speaking to journalists during the protest, yesterday, in Uyo, the leader of the coalition Mr. Ubok-Obong Umoh, called for a probe into the alleged personal vendetta of the REC against APC.

BUT Igini dismissed the allegations against him and blamed APC for unnecessary factions that had existed in the party.

Igini also accused the party of forgery, saying APC in the state forged letters that led to the swearing-in of Stephen Ntukekpo as the chairman of the party against a court judgment.

He insisted that INEC recognises Austin Ekanem as the authentic state chairman of the party, not Ntukekpo.