- Governor Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has declared his second term under the PDP
- The declaration took place at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo
- Recall that there have been speculations earlier that the governor was planning to defect to the APC
The Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, has declared his intention to seek a second term in office today, Friday, August 24, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The declaration took place at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, and was witnessed by a large crowd of supporters from the different parts of the state.
"I submit myself to continue with the good works that I have done and I seek your support for my candidature as Governor for second term under the PDP. #UdomDeclares," Emmanuel announced on Friday, August 2, on Twitter, using his personal Twitter handle @MrUdomEmmanuel.
The ruling party in Akwa Ibom, the PDP, has been organising several political meetings and rallies in the state since a senator, Godswill Akpabio, defected a few days ago from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defection of Akpabio, a former governor of the state, is seen as a major threat to Emmanuel’s re-election.
Governor Emmanuel’s declaration on Friday, August 24, on the platform of the PDP, has brought an end to speculations that he was planning to defect to the APC.
Premium Times reported earlier that top APC leaders in the state, including the state caucus chairman of APC, Don Etiebet, said that the governor had reached out to the national leadership of the party on his “planned defection”.
“Honestly, I can tell you because I have been aware of it. It has been going on for a long time. His interest in joining APC is not new at all. The only thing is that Godswill Akpabio beat him up to it,” Etiebet said.
“He has realised that APC has become very strong in the state and as such his chances of retaining his position as governor have become very slim,” Etiebet said on Saturday, August 18.
However, the governor’s adviser on politics, Ekong Sampson, reportedly dismissed the speculations as being “absolutely untrue”.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the APC in Akwa Ibom state had taken over the building previously occupied by the PDP as their state secretariat on Ikot Ekpene road.
The PDP had relocated from the building to another rented apartment on Edet Akpan Avenue three years ago leaving the building empty except for some churches which occupied only a section of the massive duplex.
At their first meeting in the sprawling complex, APC members on Saturday, July 21, blocked a section of the road and moved a motion that the place should, henceforth, become their state secretariat.
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