PATRICK ABANG, Calabar –
A governorship aspirant and caucus leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Akpabuyo LGA of Cross River, Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong has raised an alarm over plot by some state actors to intimidate and harass the party before and during the February 26 by-election in Akpabuyo.
In a statement on Wednesday, Archibong said the ploy was part of strategies of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to intimidate the opposition ahead of the Akpabuyo constituency byelection billed for February 26.
His words ” There are reports of a ploy by the All Progressives Congress to intimidate the PDP by using violence, government apparatus and security agencies.
“Akpabuyo is not a banana republic where anybody can take laws into his hands with flaunting of power, all in a bid to reap where they did not sow, we want those with such intentions to know that our Party is ready to participate and only support a credible by- election.
“I want to assure our constituents to remain calm and law abiding, as I call on the government and security agencies especially the police to ensure peace and order are maintained to guarantee a level playing field during the election”.
“We cannot be cowed in any guise or form, the party and the people of Akpabuyo remain unwavering in our resolve to maintain the State House of Assembly seat, our party is ready for the election come Feb 26 and there is no shaking,” he stated .
He also urged the police and other security agencies in the state to exhibit the highest level of professionalism and decorum by protecting the sanctity of their profession to avoid dent from any quarter.
“Our people are ready to cast their votes, we believe in the rule of law and pray that these state actors will play by the rules too. At the end, the voice of the people of Akpabuyo would be heard loud and clear on who represents them in the state House of Assembly,” He said.