The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has reportedly picked Godswill Akpabio as its consensus candidate for the 2019 Senate election for Akwa Ibom North-West district.
Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, is the senator representing the district. He is searching for re-election for a second term, after defecting from his former occasion, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
Akpabio had resigned because the Senate minority chief shortly before his defection.
An announcement from Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, stated the senator was picked because the APC consensus candidate after his important challenger, Inibehe Okorie, was persuaded on Monday morning to “forgo his interest” within the race.
The senator emerged as a consensus candidate after a “protracted meeting” of the occasion leaders within the nation home of Okorie in Obong Ntak, Etim Ekpo local government space of the state, the assertion stated.
Those who reportedly attended the assembly included, a former petroleum minister and the APC caucus chairman within the state, Don Etiebet; the state chairman of APC, Ini Okopido; Akpabio; the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere; and a retired deputy inspector common of police, Udom Ekpoudom.
The assertion quoted Okorie as saying that he determined to forgo his aspiration within the curiosity of the occasion and the district.
He reportedly praised Akpabio as “an uncommon senator” and stated he was enthusiastic about his coming to the APC.
“As far as his (Akpabio’s) aspiration is concerned, we in Akwa Ibom North-west Senatorial district have declared Senator Akpabio as the unopposed candidate of the APC,” Okorie stated.
“We decided that we have to send our best to be our voice at the national level. Senator Akpabio is a prophet whom we all respect at home.”
Okorie referred to as on his supporters to work for the victory of Akpabio and the APC within the 2019 election.
The senator, in his response, reportedly thanked Okorie for his dedication to the occasion and his choice to forgo his ambition.
He stated Okorie determined to step down unconditionally to keep away from any acrimony within the occasion.
He stated for the APC to select him as a consensus candidate for the Senate race meant that his coming into the occasion in Akwa Ibom was usually accepted, including that he got here together with others so as to add worth to the occasion.
APC within the state, the senator stated, was working exhausting to mobilise help for the occasion in any respect ranges in order to enter the elections with a united entrance.
“We are trying as a party to work as a family in the state,” he stated. “With the policy of the federal government that every vote must count as we witnessed in the election in Osun State, we have to work extra hard to deliver our party at all levels.”
The senator thanked the occasion leaders within the state for the “confidence” they’ve on him and promised to do extra to offer efficient illustration to the district and the state.
Etiebet introduced on the assembly that one other aspirant for the occasion ticket’s within the Senate race, Ekperikpe Ekpo, had earlier stepped down for Akpabio.
Etiebet stated Akpabio’s coming into the APC increase the fortunes of the occasion. He expressed delight the occasion within the state was forging a typical entrance forward of the 2019 common elections.
For the final election, Akpabio is almost certainly going to face a former deputy governor of the state, Chris Ekpenyong, who has been endorsed as a doable PDP flag-bearer for Senate race within the district by the occasion caucus within the state.