Zion Umoh, Senator Godswill Akpabio’s die-hard supporter, in a weak attempt to cover up for Akpabio’s anti party activities, has accused some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC of not doing anything to deliver Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the last election.
Zion Umoh should know that Akpabio was a candidate in the last National Assembly elections while Umana Umana and Nsima Ekere were not candidates in the elections. So it was within Akpabio’s demand to do everything within his power to win election as well as curry support for other candidates who stood elections also.
Perhaps, Zion Umoh should be informed that notable leaders including serving governors failed their elections and some did not even win in their units. Akpabio and his faction exclusively picked candidates for the National Assembly positions in Uyo and Eket Senatorial districts without the involvement the duo who are leaders of those districts.
The candidates picked by Akpabio did not campaign and Akpabio did not release funds for their campaigns as he had previously promised. It was gathered that two days to the elections, Akpabio called a joint meeting of his faction of the APC and the leaders and members of the YPP and Labour Party and directed that they should collectively vote for APC in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District while they should vote for the YPP and Labour Party in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts. Akpabio undermined the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the former NDDC Managing Director when his faction produced all the National Assembly candidates in Uyo, Eket and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts.
At that time he had assured the national leadership of APC that his factional candidates will win the elections in the whole State. Today, after Akpabio sabotaged the APC in Uyo and Eket Senatorial Districts by abandoning his candidates, he is sponsoring blackmail against senior stakeholders in Uyo and Eket Senatorial District . Does it mean Akpabio is no longer the uncommon former governor and uncommon leader in Akwa Ibom State or is he now a sectional leader whose influence is limited to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District?
The two APC leaders should be commended for ensuring that despite Akpabio’s actions to undermine and sabotage the APC in Uyo and Eket Senatorial Districts, the two districts still contributed votes that made it possible for our Presidential Candidate to exceed the constitutional requirement of having a minimum of 25 percent of the votes. This would have been impossible with the votes from Akpabio’s senatorial district alone. In all fair judgment, it is now clear that Akpabio was working hard to ensure that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will not meet the 25 percent vote’s requirement in Akwa Ibom State.
It is common knowledge that Akpabio has seriously undermined the APC through his alliance and open support for the YPP Governorship candidate. Everybody knows that Akpabio also planted his former aide one Uduak Udoh as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party and Akpabio has single-handedly funded the Labour Party in Akwa Ibom State. Akpabio recently made a futile attempt to convince leaders of the APC in Abuja to persuade the candidate of APC Obong Akan Udofia to step down for Bassey Albert of the YPP who was his Commissioner for Finance when Akpabio was Governor. APC leaders and members are not fools. The write up by Zion Umoh which calls for support for Bassey Albert of the YPP is consistent with Akpabio’s anti party stance and directive to his faction of the APC to vote for YPP. He has also directed his surrogate in the Labour Party-Uduak Udo- to mobilize members of the Labour Party to support the YPP Candidate.
Written by Michael Jackson, APC stalwart in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District
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