Akwa Ibom PDP picks governorship running mate, assigns key govt positions

Godswill Akpabio
Godswill Akpabio confessed to rigging the 2007 senatorial primary elections in his state.

The enlarged caucus of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has approved the nomination of a former commissioner for Information in the state, Moses Ekpo, as the running mate to the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Udom Emmanuel, in the 2015 gubernatorial elections.

This was part of the resolutions taken at the enlarge caucus meeting of the party in Uyo.

Announcing the decisions, the state chairman of the Party, Paul Ekpo, told newsmen that the meeting was convened to review the state of the party after the recently concluded primaries that saw the emergence of flag bearers for various positions in the next general elections.

The party congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on his emergence as the presidential candidate of the party, and also commended the governorship candidate, Mr. Emmanuel, on his victory at the state primaries even as the caucus endorsed the setting up of campaign committees by the party ahead of the elections.

Mr. Ekpo announced the setting up of a central reconciliation committee headed by Effiong Bob, as well as reconciliation committees in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.

Members of the Central Reconciliation Committee are Vitalis Unang(Secretary), Ita Toyo, Sam Inyang, Idongesit Nkanga, Atim Okpoyo, Elizabeth Essien, Jerry Akpan, Billy Etuk and Sunday Udo Akpan.

The Senatorial Reconciliation Committees have Val Attah as Chairman for Eket Senatorial District, Robert Akpan as Chairman for Uyo Senatorial District, and Nduese Essien who chairs the committee in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.

Also approved at the meeting was the appointment of Idongesit Nkanga as the Director General of the Governorship Campaign Organisation of Mr. Emmanuel.

Furthermore, the zoning of key positions in the next dispensation were deliberated and approved at the caucus meeting.

For Eket Senatorial District, the party accepted that the district should produce the Governor, Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chief Whip and State Secretary of the Party.

Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is to produce the Deputy Governor, Majority Leader and Chief Whip of the State Assembly, as well as the deputy chairman of the State Chapter of the Party.

Uyo Senatorial District has been favoured to produce the Federal Minister, State Party Chairman, Speaker and Deputy Leader of the State House of Assembly.

The party chairman, Paul Ekpo, thanked the governor and leader of the party, Godswill Akpabio, and his wife, Unoma, for their leadership.

Responding, the Director General of the 2015 PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, Mr. Nkanga thanked the party leadership and members of the caucus for the decisions at the meeting.

He called on all members of the party and the entire people of the state to continue supporting the state government in preparing the state for the future.


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  • Uchendus

    All this house boy mentality go and rest a candidate has emerged for the peoples party and you are making noise go back support Mr . workaholic ‘ s choice who knows some you may get ministerial position and chief executive of federal parastata. This family issues and busy discusing in public. Rubbish.