Lawmaker elect in Akwa Ibom state for Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim and Obot Akara Federal Constituency, Mr Nsikak Ekong, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the Essien Udim re-run election.
Speaking on Monday in Ikot Ekpene after his victory was announced, Ekong said the President’s non-interference in the elections showed his commitment to democracy.
He said the elections was without major skirmishes, noting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was unbiased during the re-run.
He stated that the commission gave all parties involved in the exercise a level playing ground to test their might.
He appreciated the efforts of the Police and other security agencies for being neutral during the re-run elections, saying their presence contributed to the violence free polls.
He added that it empowered the people to exercise their franchise without fear.
“It gives me indescribable feelings of elation as I register my sentiments of gratitude to God first for seeing us through yesterday’s election  without major skirmishes. 
“I wish to thank the President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, for keeping to his avowed commitment of not influencing or interfering in any election. 
“We experienced this full-scale during yesterday’s court ordered rerun election. I thank you our dear President for proving that you are indeed a democrat.
“May I equally express my deepest appreciation to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state led by Mr. Mike Igini for their unbiased handling of the process. For giving all parties involved a level playing ground to test their might, I thank the commission immensely. 
“Let me also thank the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command,  Imohimi Edgal and his men, including  various other security agencies for their neutrality during the rerun election. 
“Your presence further engendered a violence-free process and gave the people and the voters the confidence to go out and exercise their franchise,” he stated. 

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