THE issue of whether or not one of the leading aspirants in the 2015 Akwa Ibom Governorship race in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, is eligible to contest in the 2015 governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was, weekend, laid to rest as the party confirmed that the aspirant has met all the requirements to contest on its platform.
Speculations were rife that the aspirant did not meet the party’s requirement for the office, a development powered by those opposed to his candidature; but the party’s Zonal Screening Committee dismissed the speculation in Port Harcourt on Saturday and cleared the former Zenith Bank executive director to contest in the primary elections of the party in Akwa Ibom State. The party’s governorship primaries is scheduled for December 8, 2014.
Emmanuel was accompanied to the zonal secretariat by party elders, stakeholders and campaign coordinators. The immediate past secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government arrived at the party office at about 10.55am and was warmly received by a large crowd of party faithful and supporters.
The immediate past Secretary to Government of the state is from the Eket Senatorial District which is favoured to produce the next governor for the state. Obong Victor Attah, an architect, from Uyo Senatorial District was governor between 1999 and 2007 and was succeeded by Obong Godswill Akpabio.