Udom begs Akwa Ibom PDP stakeholders not to follow Akpabio to APC
…doles out N31 million
Akpabio is in London – OBA mocks Udom
Udom should prepare for war – Nkanga
Stop being urban politicians – Nduese Essien
Udom, not Akpabio, has majority stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district – Ibok Essien and Enoidem
Governor Udom Emmanuel has begged Akwa Ibom PDP stakeholders not to follow Senator Godswill Akpabio to APC which Akpabio will join on Wednesday.
Gov Udom begged the stakeholders at an emergency meeting at Banquet Hall of Government House on Saturday night attended by 10 stakeholders per each of the 31 local governments.
Gov Udom, who looked dejected, told the fear-stricken and despondent stakeholders that the popular belief in the state that the national APC leadership is seriously interested in getting Akwa Ibom is propaganda and lies.
Prof Kolapo Eleka, the defeated PDP governorship candidate in Ekiti election recently alleged that APC national was seriously targeting Akwa Ibom and Rivers after capturing Ekiti.
But to allay the fears of the stakeholders Gov Udom claimed at the stakeholders meeting that he has a good reputation in the whole country and relationship with the Presidency and that APC national is not too interested in Akwa Ibom.
He thanked PDP stakeholders, women and youths for their support and told them not to be sad with political events unfolding in the state and country.
He said that all PDP presidential aspirants that have visited Akwa Ibom have acknowledged that Akwa Ibom State PDP is the most united and organized in the country.
Senator Bassey Albert mocked Gov Udom when he said he was speaking on behalf of the National Assembly members because their leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio is in London. Sen Akpabio, the main reason they gathered is in London to see President Buhari before his defection on Wednesday and OBA stressed that London trip to the discomfort of the governor and stakeholders.
Senator Ibok Essien, the Ikot Ekpene PDP leader who managed to win only 3 wards against 7 wards won by the APC in the last local government election before AKISIEC changed the result assured Gov Udom that “we are the people who have been deciding the electoral outcomes in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district and we are still with you, so there is no cause for alarm.”
Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, Gov Udom’s campaign DG was more realistic about the disaster awaiting Akwa Ibom PDP by saying: “This is a critical time in Akwa Ibom State. Your Excellency, you should actually prepare for war. It’s time to raise your soldiers and prepare for war in 2019. It’s going to be survival of the fittest and the winner-takes-it-all.”
Chief Nduese Essien, the PDP leader in Eket senatorial district said this is the time for Gov Udom’s aides and appointees to go back home and align with stakeholders to work for PDP in the elections. “They should stop being urban politicians as most of them are not known in their communities.”
Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, PDP national legal adviser also said it is time for stakeholders to go back home and take stock of their respective units and wards to actually know those who will vote for PDP and those who won’t for them to recruit those who won’t.
Enoidem like Ibok Essien claimed that majority of the PDP stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district are still with Gov Udom.
Senator Anietie Okon flew off tangent to talk about Ekiti election to the utter disappointment of the Governor and anger of the stakeholders who were more interested in how to overcome the Akpabio challenge and not to hear about the Ekiti election disaster they would rather forget about.
He rose to thank the Governor who was the chairman of the PDP campaign council in the Ekiti election that was a disaster for PDP for the efforts they displayed in the Ekiti election and charged the Governor and PDP not to rest on their oars until PDP wins in court.
Paul Ekpo, the PDP chairman who has never been trusted by Gov Udom and his cabal because of his loyalty to Akpabio tried to impress Gov Udom by saying that PDP is stronger now than ever.
At the end of the meeting, Gov Udom in an unusual generosity gave N31 million to the stakeholders, N1 million per local government, meaning that each elder got N100,000.