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"We Didn’t Lose Struggle For Freedom Of Our People" - Umana

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015, election in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana, yesterday said despite the Supreme Court judgment affirming Governor Udom Emmanuel’s election, the battle to liberate Akwa Ibom people was irreversible.


Umana, who led other chieftains of APC at a rally in support of the party’s House of Assembly candidate, Gabriel Akpan, for the March 12 rerun, also said the Supreme Court verdict cannot dampen the resolve of Akwa Ibom people to realise their dream of a free, liberated and prosperous state.

He said the consciousness of the people to fight for their rights had been awakened, adding that the party didn’t lose the struggle for freedom of the people.

“We didn’t lose the struggle for freedom of our people. Never again will anybody take our people for granted. Never again will anybody hold our people hostage. The consciousness of our people to stand up for their rights has been awakened. We fought a good fight.”

According to Umana, in the course of the struggle, some people paid the supreme price.


Umana said: “We lost over 30 people during the presidential and governorship elections. Notably, we lost Okon Uwah, a former deputy speaker, murdered by alleged PDP thugs. We must ensure that these patriots did not die in vain. I extend the condolences of our party to the families of the victims of  state sponsored electoral violence.

“We had hoped that these families will have a sense of justice when we challenged the fraudulent governorship elections of April 11, 2015. But this was not to be. We couldn’t get the reprieve which would have consoled us and the bereaved families through the framework of our legal system.

“I know that our people are justifiably angry and disappointed. I share in your disappointment and anger. But we should never lose hope, especially because we were not defeated. After the judgment of men, comes the judgment of God.  Those who have conspired against our people will be held to account by God.

“Let’s thank God, for all things work together for good for them that love God. Our trust in God should never waiver, no matter what we see today. We will laugh last. God bless Akwa Ibom State. We may have moved on following the judgment of the Supreme Court but that does not change the fact that we had the most fraudulent and bloody elections in the history of our state.”

Umana thanked the elders and leaders who stood by the party saying: “A big thank you to our leaders who stood by the people. Attempts to bribe and compromise them failed. History will note that they were men of integrity and honour who did not betray their people.  By their actions and example they demonstrated that we cannot all be bought with money.”


Also speaking, a former Minister of Petroluem and member of APC’s Board of Trustees Atuekong Don Etiebet said the era of electoral impunity was over.

He called on security operatives to play by the rules in the rerun election by remaining professional and non partisan in the discharge of their duties.

He said: “Umana Umana is the governor the Supreme Court didn’t allow us to vote for. Don’t be discouraged because this is what happened in the march to freedom.”

The state Chairman of APC, Dr. Amadu Attai, said despite the outcome of the Supreme Court, Umana remains the people’s governor and APC  the people’s party.

Attai, however, called on Ibesikpo Asutan people to support the party’s candidate at the rerun.

Others at the campaign train of the APC were the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang; Director General of Umana’s campaign organisation, Soni Udom; Umana’s deputy governorship candidate, Ben Ukpong.

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