- The managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, has been urged to contest for the governorship seat in Akwa Ibom on the platform of the APC
- A huge number of APC chieftains in the state, alongside the former governor, Godswill Apkabio, were among those who lent their support to Ekere
- On his part, Ekere thanked the chieftains, Akpabio and supporters of the party in the state for their support, adding that he intends to run for only one term, if elected
Nsima Ekere, the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been urged by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom and the former governor of the state, Godswill Apkabio, to contest for the 2019 governorship election, Premium Times reports.
Led by Don Etiebet, a former minister of petroleum and the chairman of the party caucus in the state, during a rally on Tuesday, September 11, the APC chieftains in Eket gave Ekere a nomination form which was bought by them.
The rally, apart from it being organised by the APC in Eket senatorial district to demonstrate solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari’s rerun bid, was also carried out to formally receive Ekere by the party.
Etiebet said: “All of us from the three senatorial districts in Akwa Ibom state bought the form for Nsima Ekere, and we are asking him to run for governor in 2019.”
On his part, Akpabio said that his senatorial district, Akwa Ibom north-west, has already endorsed Ekere for governor. Ekere, during his reception speech, stated that he was surprised by the decision of the party leaders.
He said: “I was told that this was going to be a reception, I am surprised that the elders of the party ambushed me.”
Ekere expressed his gratitude to the chieftains and the party's supporters in the district for their immense love and massive support.
He further said: “When they want to run, get them to run on the basis of performance. We are here in this primary school because the (Eket) stadium has been under renovation. Do you need three years to renovate a stadium?”
“Weep no more. Go and get your PVC. That’s your power, that’s your strength,” Mr Ekere said, adding that he would stay for only one term in office as governor if elected.
Meanwhile, Eme Ekaette, a former senator and wife of a former secretary to the government of the federation, Ufot Ekaette, one of the attendees at the rally, announced her defection from the PDP to the APC.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Akpabio had officially dumped the PDP for the APC. Akpabio officially defected to the ruling party on Wednesday, August 8, at the Ikot-Ekpene township stadium in Akwa Ibom.
NAIJ.com gathered that some of those present at the defection ceremony were the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole; Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan; national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
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