How Gov. Emmanuel can win without Akpabio

Governor Udom Emmanuel addressing the people of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local govt areas during a town hall meeting to discuss cult-related killings in the areas

The dust is yet to settle in Akwa Ibom state after a senator, Godswill Akpabio, defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, resigned his position as the Senate minority leader shortly before his defection.

Apparently rattled by the development, the PDP in the state has been holding series of meetings and rallies to show solidarity with Governor Udom Emmanuel.

A former deputy governor in the state, Chris Ekpenyong, weighing in on Senator Akpabio’s defection, has advised Mr Emmanuel not to be disturbed about it.

Mr Ekpenyong, a chieftain of the PDP, is from the same Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District with Senator Akpabio.

“We in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District are not going to anywhere; we are supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel for the good of our generation and the generations to come,” Mr Ekpenyong told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday.

“We in the PDP believe in zoning of political offices, and therefore we cannot shift the goalpost in the middle of the match.”

The former deputy governor gave thumbs up to the governor on his effort to industrialise the state.

He said Mr Emmanuel is the only governor that has tried to build industries in the state after the administration of Clement Isong in the then Cross River state before Akwa Ibom was created.

“Whether he is using public-private partnership (PPP) to do it or not, at least, I have seen industries in the state,” Mr Ekpenyong said.

“Akpabio claimed he brought Udom, but he forgot that people voted for Udom to become governor. So, now it is the people that Udom has to rely on to send him back to the seat.

“Udom will be the last governor one single person would ever claim credit of bringing. Any other governor after Udom should be brought by the people.

“Akpabio used to sing ‘Udom is right and fair’! So, for us, Udom remains right and fair.

Mr Ekpenyong called on the people of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to remain focus and support the governor till the end of 2023 when the governorship of the state would have shifted to Uyo Senatorial District.

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