Saturday, 4 March 2023

Akwa Ibom Guber : Defiant Akan Udofia Says He Won't Step Down For YPP Candidate


Desperate moves by some stakeholders of the APC in Akwa Ibom State led by former governor Godswill Akpabio to have an alliance with the  governorship candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) Obong Bassey Albert in March 11th election has hit the brickwall as the Governorship candidate of the APC, Mr. Akan Udofia says he can't step down for a convict.

The APC Guber candidate said this during an alliance meeting at former NDDC MD, Mr Effiong Akwa’s house.  

According to Udofia's close aide who pleaded anonymity,  his boss highlighted the fact that APC in the last election had made significant impact by winning a senate seat and a seat in the house of representatives.

It was gathered that at the meeting, pressure was mounted on Akan Udofia to jettison the Governorship race and step down for Senator Bassey Albert, as according to him OBA is more grounded and has followers than Udofia. 

But Mr. Akwa and others who were at the meeting were stunned when Akan Udofia rebuffed their entreaties, rather insisting that if anyone should step down for another, it should be OBA who should rather step down for him.

Akan Udofia had further hinged his reasons on why OBA should step down for him on the recently held Presidential and National Assembly election, where the APC recorded impressive outing in Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial district while OBA's YPP had nothing to show for the election.

The source hinted that  Udofia made a strong point that APC has shown strength in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly election by winning a senate seat and some seats in the House of Representatives.

With the Governorship and State Assembly election holding in one week's time, the APC and YPP camp has been thrown into a serious confusion.

Akan Udofia who's candidacy is currently being challenged by Senator Ita Enang at the supreme court, maintained a resolute stand that there is no possibility that OBA's criminal conviction will be squashed by the appeal court even though the law permits a convict to stand election, hence it will amount to a waste of votes and resources because he cannot be sworn in until he completes his jail terms.

According to his aide, the immunity of the office of governor doesn't cover a convict to be sworn in as governor. Adding that (Akan Udofia) who's candidacy will be decided next week will make a better option that OBA and his supporters can support.

Meanwhile, Senator Godswill Akpabio has allegedly promised to help OBA get off the hook of conviction if he agrees to step down and form a formidable alliance with Udofia.

Akpabio was said to have openly told OBA that he has some judges and influential personalities that can help OBA become free of conviction and secure a ministerial appointment for him.

On the other hand, OBA is currently facing serious pressure from his supporters to turndown the offer and stand election.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State described the proposed alliance between APC and YPP as an effort in futility as such marriage can't stop PDP from winning the governorship election.

The party stated that with the impressive outing recorded at the Presidential and National Assembly election, PDP is fully on ground and ready to win the governorship election.

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