Akwa Ibom erupts in celebration over Buhari win

President Muhammadu Buhari

Thousands of Akwa Ibom residents thronged the streets of Uyo, the state capital, and other towns Tuesday, singing songs and waving brooms – the symbol of the All Progressives Congress – to celebrate the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president-elect.

Mr. Buhari, the candidate of the APC, defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan at the polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said.

Akwa Ibom State, for years a Peoples Democratic Party-controlled state, has lately broadened its opposition ranks, with extensive support for the APC, largely in protest of the leadership style of the governor, Godswill Akpabio, a key ally of President Jonathan.

Mr. Akpabio was accused by the state APC of masterminding massive rigging during Saturday’s presidential vote, returning over 800,000 votes for Mr. Jonathan.

Many believe majority of the votes were fictitious as evidenced by a video published by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, showing election officials colluding with agents of the PDP to thumbprint ballot papers in an area the state PDP governorship candidate comes from.

One resident said if a credible vote was conducted in the state on Saturday, the result would have been significantly different in favour of the APC.

During the election, deadly clashes erupted in many communities where residents dared to confront state agents who insisted that voters support only the PDP.

At least one person was killed in Mbierebe Akpawat, a village in Ibesikpo Asutan, the APC governorship candidate in the state, Umana Umana, said.

Afraid of such attacks, many supporters of the APC have cowered in the state in the past, doing little to be identified.

Notwithstanding, several Akwa Ibom people reject the impression that majority of the state’s population supports the PDP and Mr. Jonathan.

“Many people here are tired of Akpabio and Jonathan. People are tired,” said Ntiedo Ben, a resident of Uyo, the state capital. “You think people here don’t want change?”

On Tuesday, as it became clear Mr. Buhari was coasting to victory, even before the final announcement by Attahiru Jega, the chairman of INEC, youth and the elderly, brandishing brooms and shouting APC, spilled into the streets of many towns in Akwa Ibom, to celebrate.

“The level of celebration for Buhari here in Akwa Ibom, makes it clear that people felt shackled by Akpabio and now they believe freedom has come,” another resident said.


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  • eze

    pls where are the PDP e-rats? i need them to comment

    • George Ager.A

      Forgive them for sake of one Nigeria

      • Tukur


    • ConScience

      Please do not taunt. It is that same kind of vile comments they perpetrated. We are now happy that change has come. We should not condemn but console and move Nigeria forward as one crucial thing the outgoing Govt failed to do. GMB is President Elect of Nigeria not President Elect of APC. Now please go vote for the Governors as APC must have a cooperative govt to help Buhari with the heavy task of nation building which he is more than capable of IJN. Cheers!!! One Nigeria!!!

      • musa aliyu

        The likes of you are much needed in our NEW NIGERIA!!!

    • UnapologeticallyYoruba

      Magnanimity in victory is wisdom Bro….

    • Bidemi Lukman

      They are struggling for thier balance allawee

  • Luna

    Lets be Nigerians from hence… We all fight for same thing, better life for all.. so no taunting… Am happy the acceptance is nation-wide. That’s a good thing!

    • Timi

      Shut UP! Nigerians for where? Same thing? Is it my Niger Delta Resources you are calling same thing? Be careful.

      The way forward is irreversible Resource Control that will be militantly pursued. There are poor people too in the South South who know how to fire ak57. It is a new methodology of winning election. It works!

      • HassanAbdullahi

        Carry arms nd u go to jail for life……….enquire from Okah

        • Musa Dokubor

          Where is Shekau? —-In jail? Cowardly Yoruba people. But the end of Nigeria is here. U can’t stop it

          • Walter

            Ode, Goodluck don tell you, Nigeria is greater than 2 million militants.
            The will of the people is greater than anything you can perpetuate. No
            matter what happens, this country will remain for years. Get that into
            your thick skull FULL OF STONES!!!!

          • Tukur

            before you carry guns go and read About Who Is Buhari hahahahahahaha you guys are funny

      • blackdove

        Which resources? It is because of militants like yourself that makes Niger Delta region under developed. If you are not blowing oil pipeline, you are kidnapping. You only struggle for what you can make at the expense of your people. I am a son of the soil but we do not belong to the same ideology.

        • Perious

          Then that makes u a prodigal son of d soil, u dnt belong here

      • eddy

        Get ur mental state checked. U need help.

      • Tukur

        lol Its Ak47 not 57 hahaha your Resources hahahaha i love comedians lwkmd

  • Liars

    PT should stop this useless propaganda. You mean you do not know the meaning of ‘eruption’? Crooks!

    I am in Uyo, I don’t see or hear any celebrations. This is wicked evil, and hell fire awaits all chronic perverts of truth. Where is the video?

    • Yusuf

      we are them most naive people on earth, anytime we win an important battle we tell our enemy “come join us”, do not miss this last opportunity

    • Titi

      may be u have been crying like woman inside room, google the headline u will find the clip on youtube

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    You may be in the bush if Uyo that is why u did not see celebration or you one of thugs used by apabio

    • vera

      Oh yes. From the bushes are revolutions initiated. You will be a big ediot if you feel the South South people will not react militantly.

      Disintegration is still the answer. Get that into ur thick skull

      • Walter

        Ode, Goodluck don tell you, Nigeria is greater than 2 million militants. The will of the people is greater than anything you can perpetuate. No matter what happens, this country will remain for years. Get that into your thick skull FULL OF STONES!!!

        • Progress

          stones? Dat for better small. Full of noodles!

      • Yusuf

        u are late dud, just give up..stop hiding your identity behind the good people of SS

      • Hk

        Know that our in-coming C-in-C is an army General with records of crushing foreign invasion of Nigeria. Buhari promised to diversify our economy from oil and compensate Niger Delta for whats taken from its soil. You either remain a law abiding citizen or you will be crushed. Get that into your skull.

  • Yusuf

    shame on the people that denied the good people of SS to join this wagon of change…At last we have all meet at the same juncture where we witness the birth of a new united Nigeria for all

    • HAMZA

      …………despite the shortcomings, I came to realize that Nigerians are one and they love their country!

  • Ms. Thenjiwe Obong

    the will of the people Akwa Ibom was carried out by other brothers and sisters at other locations in Nigeria. kiss ass Akpabio thought the yoke he placed on his people will remain for ever, but God intervene and now Akwa Ibomites are free thanks to our fellow Nigerians. it Is a shameful thing that the will of millions of people could be frustrated by one man. we hope this will never occur again in the history of Nigeria.

  • Aminu Baba

    I believe that the people of Akwa Ibom have been suffering in silence as a result of the suffocating oppression by the PDP and their governor. They had no succor until now. I also believe that from now onwards, Akwa Ibom shall metamorphose into an APC state, perhaps beginning from the April 11 governorship elections

  • Akanji92

    We all know the result from Akwa Ibom was not genuine. GMB was given a Pan-Nigerian mandate. However, I doff my hat for President GEJ, as he shows that he is a statesman through his acceptance of defeat.
    GEJ is really ONE OF THE HEROES OF NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY. Therefore, GEJ has achieved a first in the annals of Nigeria’s electoral process.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      My sentiments exactly, my brother.

  • Bishop

    There are so many people and comments that one will miss here. Once you say somethin good for Nigeria they insult you. Now change is here,hope they change how they comment too. Let’s unite and make Nigeria great. It’s obvious God loves Nigeria,they said we will divide but we are now stronger. I love NIGERIA!

  • samshindeen mohammed

    My congratulations goes to GEJ first for accepting the verdict of Nigerians and congratulating GMB. My second point this moment is a prayer that May the Almighty Allah give GMB the power, wisdom and the heart to deliver good things to Nigeria and Nigerians as we have been yearning all these years. I know GMB is highly experienced and a season administrator , I am praying to God to assist him with good and capable hands to carry Nigeria to its right position, tight to this I am praying for a diversified revenue base. Finally I am calling on PDP members to emulate GEJ on his reaction by embracing GMB, Nigeria is for all of us. Congrats Nigeria and Nigerians.

  • Bassey Eniang

    I use this medium to congratulate the President elect Gen Muhammadu Buhari for his achievement and look forward in anticipation of his assumption of office on May 29th, 2015 to commence the fulfilment of his campaign promises
    including, enduring good governance, accountability, security of life and property as well as eradication of poverty
    and corruption amongst others.

    My earnest advice to the people of Akwa Ibom is that God has given us the opportunity of a new beginning. We all witnessed the grave injustice meted out to gubernatorial candidates during the PDP primaries. Also we all know that, going by the national voting pattern, the Presidential and National Assembly elections of 28th March 2015 were greatly manipulated.

    God has given us the opportunity to secure justice. It is now time for CHANGE for the real “uncommon transformation” of our dear state! We are no longer a “PDP” state but must align ourselves with the party forming the new Federal Government, come 29th May 2015. Common sense dictates that it is in the best interest of our people to support and vote Umana Okon Umana and the APC into Government to facilitate the support and patronage of the Federal Government. Comments from as many
    citizens of our state as see this post are welcome. Long live Akwa Ibom State. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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  • Peter Irene

    Akpabio probably thinks that Nigeria begins and ends in Akwa Ibom hence he blatantly rig the election in favour of Jonathan. Here was a man who eat from dustbin, but has been transformed by God and today he is stupendously rich and thinks he can subvert the will of the majority to favour his benefactor. He may not be held accountable inow but he cannot escape the wrath of the Almighty when the time comes. Those whose palm kernel was cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should learn to be humble. Akpa bio will definitely pay the price.

    • ubong

      u have not stte one thing he has done to warrant your unfounded diatribes. Our God is not man, hence no of us would have live a day, if God hears selfish prayers. You must learn o appreciate good things and eschew bitterness from your mindset to live a happy life.

  • Mee Man

    Now that Buhari is President, Akpabio and his stooge Udon Emmanuel and gang will soon be occupying Kirikiri prison.

  • Burbank

    Akpabio the billionaire thief and Udon his thief cousin will both soon know the pain from Buhari’s whips is not worth the stolen wealth that they robbed and stole from the people of A Ibom.