By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has launched back to take over power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the inauguration of its new state secretariat and endorsement of a sole candidate for 2019 governorship election in the state.
The new secretariat which is located in the heart of Uyo, the state capital, was inaugurated last weekend by the national chairman of party, Mr. Adams Oshiomole alongside 31 new buses to kick-start effective statewide campaigns.
Later at Ikot Ekpene township stadium in what could be described as a “mega rally” of the party ahead of the general election in the state, the APC faithful endorsed the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere as their governorship flag bearer.
Ekere who hail from same senatorial district with the PDP flag bearer and incumbent governor of the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel is expected to resign his appointment from NDDC soon to join the race.
The Ikot Ekpene rally which came barely a week that the PDP faithful from the district had converged on same ground and endorsed Governor Emmanuel for the second term in office.
Speaking at the occasion, the APC national chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomole said the party is poised to unseat the PDP in the Akwa Ibom, adding that what happened in the just concluded poll in Ekiti state is a pointer to the party’s strength to capture the state.
Boasting that the PDP led government in Akwa Ibom has lost grip of the state, alleging mismanagement of state resources by Governor Udom and his predecessor in office, Chief Godswill Akpabio now a Senator, Mr. Oshiomole threatened that the APC would probe their administration if voted to power.
Oshiomole who commended the anti-craft policy of President Muhammadu Buhari, and his courage at uprooting the ills in the national economic life, said Governor Emmanuel and Senator Akpabio should be ready to answer questions on how they spent Akwa Ibom state money in the last 12 years.
In his words, looking at the impact of the Ekiti election, I make bold to say that 2019 election in Akwa Ibom state will be a different game entire and I also want to assure that our party – APC will take over Government House in Uyo. We want to take over Akwa Ibom to democratize the state. When that is done, we will probe the administrations of the former Governor Akpabio and Udom Emmanuel to recover what they have stolen from the state.”
The national chairman who was represented by the south south national vice chairman of party, Ntufam Hilliad Ettah, however advised the party supporters to be prepared for the election which he added would be free and fair.
Speaking also at the event, the state chairman of APC, Mr. Ini Okopido assured that the party would provide a level playing ground for all aspirants, adding that each of them would be subjected to party nomination in line with the guidelines.
Atuekong Don Etiebiet who spoke on behalf of the APC Elders from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district said the 2019 election will not be the business as usual of rigging to win but it will be one man one vote.
To ensure the success of the party, Atuekong Etiebiet urged those without voter’s card to take advantage of the ongoing voter’s registration to register and have their permanent voter card which is their tool win vote for the party.
He also called on Obong Nsima Ekere to yield to call urging him to resign from NDDC to take up the party governorship ticket which the party has endorsed him to fly.
Responding, Obong Nsima Ekere thanked the people for what he described as a show of love, assuring that he would in due time yield to their call.
The event which featured the endorsed of President Buhari as a sole presidential candidate of the party was attended by both party men and women of various cadres, including the Special Adviser to President Buhari on national assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang who represented the President.
Some who defected from PDP into APC were received into the party by the state chairman, Mr. Ini Okopido
By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo