By John Ntekim – UYO.
A bigwig of the ruling All Progressive Congress and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Robinson Uwak has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of supervising impunity and corrupt practices within the APC, emphasising that he can no longer hold the belief that the president is incorruptible.
Uwak who was a member of 2015 Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organization on Monday night took to his Facebook account (@Robinson Uwak) to criticise conduct of the recently concluded nationwide primary elections of the APC, in which he contested the party’s ticket to represent Oro Federal Constituency for a second time, after he was defeated by incumbent Hon. Nse Ekpenyong (PDP) in 2015.
Expressing disappointment, the Okobo born politician wrote:
“I refuse to believe Buhari is not corrupt any longer. You cannot preside over this kind of primaries and claim not to be corrupt.”
He continued, “Those who steal the people’s mandate are worse than they who steal money.”
Robinson Uwak is believed have been cheated out of the APC national assembly primaries which is widely reported to have been marred by gross irregularities, imposition and highhandedness.
However, party members have accused the immediate past Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio of insisting on imposing a former commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Victor Antai, who defected with Akpabio to the APC in August as the party’s standard bearer for Oro Federal Constituency.
This development has sparked controversy which resulted in a protest across Oro Nation by supporters of other aspirants, including Robinson Uwak, Mrs. Anwana and Robinson Edumoh, with protesters threatening to stop Akpabio.
Meanwhile, Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not fair to aspirants who partook in its primaries across the country.
Commenting via Twitter on Sunday, the president’s wife expressed her disappointment over the way APC, led by Adams Oshiomhole, conducted the primaries.
“It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on Election Day, these forms were bought at exorbitant prices,” she wrote.
“All Progressives Congress being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under his watch.
“Given this development one will not hesitate than DISSOCIATE from such unfairness, be neutral and speak for the voiceless.
“It is important for the populace to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities.”