2023 Elections: Tough Condition Given as APC in Prominent State Threatens to Support Another Party

2023 Elections: Tough Condition Given as APC in Prominent State Threatens to Support Another Party

  • The senatorial candidacy of Godswill Akpabio has been rejected by constituents in the Abak area of Akwa Ibom
  • This was made known on Tuesday, October 4, by Don Etiebet, a chieftain of the APC who called for Akpabio to step down for Udom Ekpoudom
  • Etiebet noted that if the former governor refuses to drop his ambition, the APC will meet an embarrassing defeat in the northwest senatorial election come 2023

Akwa Ibom - Former Governor Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been warned to drop his senatorial ambition in Akwa Ibom northwest district ahead of the 2023 poll.

The warning came on Tuesday, October 4, from a chieftain of the APC in Akwa Ibom, Don Etiebet, who maintained that Akpabio will face an embarrassing defeat if he refuses to drop his bid, ThisDay reports.

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Senator Akpabio
Etiebet said if Akpabio is fielded as the senatorial candidate, the APC will meet a crushing defeat (Photo: @Senator_Akpabio)
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Etiebet's argument is that,

“The four Federal Constituencies of Ukanafun/Oruk Anam, Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara, Ini/Ikono, Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika, making Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District had produced senators.”

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To him, "...this time around the Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, which has not gone to the Senate since 1960 should be given the ticket.”

In a statement seen by The Punch, Etiebet argued that the entire people of Annang land are tired of what he described as “brother dey chop, brother no chop”.

Abak-5 will back a candidate from another party

The elder statesman drew attention to the fact that even the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed and made sure Senator Christopher Ekpenyong from Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara Federal Constituency step down for Emmanuel Enoidem from Etim Ekpo and Abak Federal Constituency.

Etiebet, who is a former minister of petroleum, said natural justice demands that Akpabio should sacrifice his bid for DIG Ekpoudom (rtd).

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Referring to the ex-governor, Etiebet said:

“He has run back from his failed presidential attempt to embark on all the shenanigans to be declared the senatorial candidate for the district again by a court order."

He made it known that if Akpabio remains adamant about his senatorial ambition, the whole of Abak-5 made up of the five Local Government Areas of the former Abak Division in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District will back a candidate from Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency from any other party come 2023.

APC draws battleline with INEC, insists Akpabio must be recognised

Meanwhile, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refused to recognise, accept or publish the name of Akpabio as a senatorial candidate, the ruling party insisted that he is its candidate.

The INEC’s commission for information and chairman voter education, Festus Okoye, had recently noted that the commission did not recognise the two politicians.

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Okoye said:

”For the records, the commission has not recognised either of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate. For clarity, the Form EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political parties) is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal."

Source: Legit.ng

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