By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has emerged the governorship flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for Akwa Ibom State for the 2019 general election.
Although Governor Emmanuel did not have any opponent for the office from the party in the state, but he was duly voted at the governorship primaries conducted by the party today at Uyo township stadium.
A total of 3830 delegates drawn from the 31 local government areas of the state were accredited for the exercise which was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Announcing the result of the primaries, the chairman of the state governorship primaries and governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose said that the winner, Governor Udom Emmanuel scored a total of 3807 votes out of 3817 cast, 10 votes were invalid while 3830 delegates were accredited.
Accordingly, he said, “The candidate having satisfied the requirements to be declared as the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party is hereby declared the governorship flag bearer of the Party for Akwa Ibom state for 2019 election”.
Fayose said that although Governor Emmanuel did not have any aspirant from the Party opposing him in the state but he had to be voted in line with PDP primaries guidelines and in a transparent manner.
In his acceptance speech after being elected as the Party flag bearer, Governor Emmanuel thanked God for the peaceful conduct of the primaries in the state.
The Governor also thanked the delegates for what he described as “a show of confident and trust” reposed in him as the governorship flag bearer for the party in 2019 election, promising that he would not take such confident and trust for granted.
He described his emergence as the party governorship candidate for the state as a call for more jobs to be done to match Akwa Ibom forward, reassuring that “with PDP Akwa Ibom state shall continue to enjoy more peace and development.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state chairman of the party, Obong Paul Ekpo had expressed optimism that the outcome of the primaries would give the Governor the opportunity to further actualize his dream of a greater Akwa Ibom.
Meanwhile, the result of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in the state which also took place simultaneously today across the 329 political wards of the state was yet to be announced as at filling this report.
Four governorship aspirants namely; Senator James Akpan Udoedehe, Barrister. Bassey Dan Abia, Mr. Edet Effreteui and Obong Nsima Ekera, the chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contested.