- An APC governorship aspirant, Senator Akpan Uduedehe in Akwa Ibom has said that he will keep supporting the party, even if he loses the primary
- Uduedehe said that this will only be on the grounds that the primary will be free and fair in the state
- He further said that he is a firm believer in the principles of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari
Senator Akpan Uduedehe, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom, has vowed that he will support whoever emerged winner of a free and fair gubernatorial primary in the state and would work for the interest of the party, Leadership reports.
Uduedehe also assured the APC that as a firm believer in the principles of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, he will not relent in his support. He maintained that the party in Akwa Ibom state will adopt the direct primary system.
Speaking after collecting his expression and nomination forms from the national organising secretary of the party, Emma Ibediro, the aspirant said the interest of the APC was very crucial.
Ibediro also expressed the confidence APC to form the next government in the state in 2019, stressing that with the right candidate and right approaches, the party has what it takes to defeat an incumbent governor.
The aspirant stated: “The primary has to be free, fair and credible. If you defeat me in a free and fair primary, I will work for you and the party, but if you win in a primary that is not free and fair, you are on your own.
“I did it in 2011 and my friend who has joined us now is aware of that even though they locked down the process. Now, with a President who has not only promised, but is interested in a credible election, you can be rest assured that victory is assured and the incumbent who has collected billions from the federations account and has nothing to show for it will be defeated.
“Akwa Ibom is a rich state, but the people are still poor. We are blessed with abundant water, yet the people still drink from the well. The state has not been able to achieve one of the items on the Millennium Development Goals which is water and sanitation.
“That is one of the things we are bringing to the table and by the grace of God, we will return Akwa Ibom to the people. We have done it before and we will do it again.”
Ibediro who presented him with the nomination form said that the APC will ensure fairness for all aspirants as the party intends to present formidable candidates to the people for the various elective offices.
He praised the aspirant for keeping faith with the APC and for seeking to contest the polls on the platform of APC.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that a special assistant on project monitoring to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state, Utibe Idem, had announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
NAIJ.com gathered that Udem is the fifth aide of Governor Emmanuel to decamp to the APC in the last few months.
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