The attempt of the Legal Team of Senator Godswill Akpabio now Minister designate to blackmail and rubbish the person of Barrister Mike Igini the Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner will not stand, for truth will always prevail over falsehood.
Until yesterday I resisted the pressure to add voice to what appears an effort to destroy the image of, and diminish the avowed integrity of a leading light of the Civil Society who has served the nation creditably as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Edo State and presently Akwa Ibom State. The truth about the integrity of Citizen Mike Igini is profound. As INEC REC Mike Igini has remained a nonconformist and a believer in due process, his records in Cross River and Edo are halcyon, so the Media and Legal Teams of the Uncommon ‘Looter’ should be told to focus on the case in Court and spare us the social media theatrics and effort to blackmail and rubbish the person of Mike Igini, no the blackmail won’t stand, it won’t, we know Mike Igini.
I am compelled to challenge my friend and brother Barrister Monday Onyekachi Ubani MOU, to prevail on his colleagues in the Akpabio Legal, and Media Team to face the matters before the Court, as the doctored tape on the social media alleging that Mike Igini ordered the Electoral Officer who superintended over the Senatorial contest between Akpabio and Ekpeyong ditto to cancel some votes that were pro Akpabio, is not only spurious, but demonic, and is not before the Court. The tape presently on the social media was clearly manufactured and procured with the impish and impious motive to destroy one of our own, and present him in bad light. But the evil motive will, shall and must fail. Mike Igini is the untainted gift of the Civil Society to INEC, the records are there, and no conspiracy of falsehood will prevail over truth.
Since the INEC EO who superintended the Senatorial election in dispute has unequivocally said in and out of Court that at no point was he asked by Mike Igini to cancel any result or figures, I implore Monday Ubani and the entire Akpabio Legal and Media Team to withdraw the false, spurious and wicked tape seeking to demean one of our own. Everyone has the right to keep the friends and clients of their choice, Monday Ubani has chosen to do so with Akpabio, but I am unable to believe that he will do so at the detriment of one of our own, I also doubt that he will support efforts to rubbish one of the leading lights of the Civil Society, however Monday Ubani’s rebuttal of the allegation that he has chosen to rubbish Mike Igini for Akpabio to win the case in Court, appears weak, and he knows that. Rather than curse the allegation and insist that they seek to make you the fall-guy for the victory you wish for Akpabio, you owe the World and Comrade Mike Igini the truth knowing that at no point did Mike Igini order and or cancel valid votes accruing to anyone at the Senatorial polls.
At this point in our nation’s history, we must support and defend the few visible lights of truth, decency and decorum we have, and repudiate every tendency to rubbish the brightest for lucre. We must reevaluate our collective values and etch profound mores on our collective canvass. I cannot therefore watch unaddressed the calculated effort to rubbish one of the best of the progressive left. No I can’t. Akpabio and his Team should face the matter in Court and spare us their danse macabre and shenanigans, for light will constantly overcome darkness, and truth will continuously prevail over falsehood, leave Mike Igini alone, the darts won’t stick.
Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVEMENT.