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Governor Godswill Akpabio Admits Rigging Primary Elections in Akwa-Ibom | Watch the Video



In the past few weeks, the Akwa-Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio has been trending in the news for some gifts scandals involving state funds. Today, he makes a comeback to the headlines after confessing to manipulating the result of a 2007 Peoples Democratic Party senatorial primary election in the state. He admitted on live television to falsifying a senatorial election result and replacing the winner with the name of his preferred candidate.

He made this confession when a delegation of the National Good Governance Tour visited the state on March 9. According to him, his reason for doing so was to be fair to the people of Ini and Ikono.

He said he struck off the name of the winner of the Akwa Ibom North Senatorial elections in his party’s primaries, and replaced it with Aloysius Etok who went on to win the main elections and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service matters.

“The people of Ikono and Ini (Local Government Areas) from 1960 have never produced a Senator. I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before, and I said it is important for me to give that region a Senator in 2007, and I produced Senator Aloysius Etok for you; that’s where he comes from,” the governor said.

He then gestured to Etok, who was at the meeting to “take a bow”.

Although the concluding part of his statement was not recorded in the video, Premium Times reports that shortly after that, someone passed a note to him, probably drawing his attention to the effects of his comment. This made him retract his statement.

“So, I must say that I thank all of you, including the members of the National Assembly led by Senator Aloysius Etok. And when I said that I made Aloy(sius Etok) to become a senator in 2007, I need to explain it so that you don’t think that I wrote his name and he became a senator.

“During the primaries of the PDP, we zoned the Senate seat to his federal constituency. And from the federal constituency, he came first in the primaries. That happened in the PDP. So we said since he was the first among the people who came from his federal constituency for the primaries, then he must be the one to become the senator.”

“I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before” is as bad as it can get for the credibility of our political elections in Nigeria. If well deserving candidates are “struck out” at the primary elections, then it presents a bleak picture as the candidates who really deserve to lead don’t even get a chance to contest the general elections.

Watch the video below:

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Sonia

    March 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    God! We need strategy to get these people OUT and new ones in!
    And this is Jonathan’s right hand man. This same nincompoop that was sharing out 1,000,000 for Mr. Biggs!
    The people of this State are either ignorant or stupid. Why would you still support someone who has ZERO regard for your rule of law? This man is NOT fit to be a leader and has no respect for himself or his people. This is terrible! WHYYYYY????

  2. reallyyyyyy!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    yes!!! God is not asleep, He will make them confess their evil deeds with their own mouths in public, he will frustrate all their plans to feed fat on taxpayers money. All corrupt public figures will be disgraced and put to shame together with their families.

  3. Someone

    March 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    This is how bad this country is. Very soon kidnappers, armed robbers, rappists, etc will come on tv and brag about it.

  4. Joe

    March 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    To lavish a celebrity with expensive car is just all that politicians from Akwa-Ibom states know…foolish pple.

  5. Joan

    March 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Ha!!! So he used his own mouth to confess on live TV? Under normal circumstances, which Nigerian politician would do that? Somebody’s prayers are working, his people have gone to MFM for him ooo!

  6. Adams

    March 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Wowww……they ‘re clapping

  7. Viano

    March 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    WOW, and the people were clapping for him? Only in Nigeria!!!

  8. Teefah (

    March 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    SO now that we have this on tape, what’s gonna be done about it?
    I’ll tell you what, there’ll be a huge uproar online and that will be it
    He will remain the Governor, buy more cars for celebrities. When his term is up, he’ll run for senate, maybe even president
    This is the reality of the country called Nigeria
    Nigerians forget too easily
    Until we start holding people accountable nothing will change.
    God help us, but we have to be willing to fight for it.

    • OK

      March 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      No, Nigerians don’t forget too easily…our problem is that we have too much mouth and too little liver.

    • The tired Nigerian

      March 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Ok…how na? How body?Hope you’ve eaten today oh…I’m tired.What do you suggest we do? Nigeria needs to change….how do we go about it?I’m angry,frustrated, a lot of things but what do we do? You saw how the occupy Nigeria ended na…a few naira notes and everyone went back home.The people who died,have long been forgotten. You you wan die?I just weep…I taya. If we say lets come out and do something,tribalism and religion won’t even let us go far. Everyone is just concerned about their own tomorrow. After all this our social media ‘gra gra’, what else can we do??? These people we complain so bitterly about,this our curse,our leaders…they were not born there. Most of them were poor…what happens when people get into power? Where has our humanity gone? My biggest fear is the underlying truth that amidst all this our ‘lamentations’ the next person is just waiting and bidding time to reach the top too so that they too can not only have a share of the national cake,they can kuku buy the bakery…It’s hard believing in Nigeria oh..the future just looks very very bleak.

    • OK

      March 26, 2013 at 1:25 am

      @The tired Nigerian…Me sef tire…I mean where do I start with Naija’s problems…our problems are legion and myriad… and the solutions are just as complicated… Some of my ideas are too radical, I’d rather keep them to my chest…the only thing I know though is that we do need a revolution and when it goes down, just like the occupy Naija movement, I’ll be in the thick of things.

  9. Tumi

    March 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Too bad this video won’t go viral. We choose the ones to go viral. “Dazzall”

  10. Peachy_mo

    March 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    IkoAbasi o! biko come and run your uncultured mouth here!

  11. OK

    March 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Wow wow wow wow *mouth wide open/SMH*…Naija, we are a dead nation.

  12. Afrik Lounge Radio

    March 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    SMDH….. These Ninjas are basically saying F- YOU ALL….

  13. Lurvemj

    March 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    And I bet the “Senator” actually stood up and “took a bow”. Nigeria we hail thee!

  14. pretty eyes

    March 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    “Senator take a bow” kai!!! Lord have mercy! ahn ahn, this guy should be mobbed! 🙁

  15. BB

    March 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    So he basically replaced one corrupt senator, and gave someone else another chance to chop money, since no one from that zone has gotten the chance to chop money. Mschew. Abeg, Next…….

  16. m.h

    March 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Mere geographical expression Nigeria

  17. dont mention

    March 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    interesting……….curious to know what the claps are for? ……u gotta love america bc things like these wont fly……..we need help in africa…..

  18. mr socrates

    March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Akpabio is a fool.he reminds about chinua achebe book,the trouble with nigeria!scallywag

  19. Jane

    March 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I see he now talks too much like Rochas #Hiss. This post he got recently is beginning to affect his character #DoubleHiss

  20. nich

    March 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    after talking what will you nigerians do………

  21. d

    March 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    dis guy just has diarrhea of d mouth. So becos a place has neva had a senator is enuf reason 2 make sure dey produce 1not even caring if d candidate is fit for the positon. mschew him self one feel among say him b God fada Shio Olodo of lyf.

  22. Junne

    March 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    and the people were clapping, why do i think this man didn’t use jazz on the audience because he should have been lynched. unless the audience are his camp members who are in support of what he said, this man should be tied to a tree in the forest ans abandoned

  23. Temizzy

    March 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    hmmmm Nigeria my country, my nation *sigh*

  24. x factor

    March 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    ….I hope silverbird/SUN newspaper and their fellow shallow counterparts who daily dole out propaganda awards such as man of the year to men of poor character and NO integrity will tow the path of honour ,retrace their steps and withdraw the award from this man on the grounds of cheating, rigging, oppression, autocracy in democratic setting, abuse of power, disfranchisement of voters and party faithfuls, recklessness and poor character…….

  25. Lola

    March 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Nigeria..all talk and no action.maybe wen we begin to starve and die like chicken cos of poverty,the nigerian pple will realise we put them dere and we can also remove them by any means neccesary..till then,zombie o,zombie!

  26. Blossom

    March 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    After all your comments on BN, what next?

  27. Opsy

    March 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    @Lola, did you actually put them there? A man who was hand-picked does not owe the masses any allegiance. They didn’t vote for him so he is not accountable to them.

  28. R

    March 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Imagine having the NERVE to openly state in public that you rigged a democratic process. Shows the deep rot of the system where folks aren’t even trying to hide their wrong deeds.

    Akpabio is actually one of the better performing state governors. Well, very few things surprise me about our politics


    March 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Alert! Akwa Ibom people, your Governor needs serious help OOOOOOOO

  30. tomeloma

    March 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    The nerve of the man!!! He not only commits a crime but also celebrates it

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