By Tom Moses
UYO—The standard bearer of Accord Party, AP, in Akwa Ibom State, Bishop Sam Akpan, has refuted speculations in the state that he had collapsed his political structure into that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Obong Umana Umana, insisting that he is the next governor of the state.
Bishop Akpan, yesterday, while addressing thousands of his supporters at his campaign secretariat in Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, explained that his resolve to contest the state’s governorship election was because of his conviction that justice will prevail in the said contest as already demonstrated by the Court of Appeal verdict of December 18, 2015 on the April 11, 2015 bungled governorship election in the state.
Akpan, who hails from Onna in Eket senatorial district, urged all equity-conscious Akwa Ibom people to support Eket senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state as Uyo and Ikot-Ekpene senatorial districts have already had their fair share of power in the past 16 years.
He frowned at what he described as the barbaric manner in which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, allegedly rigged Governor Udom Emmanuel into power in the said April 11, 2015 governorship election, insisting that the time had come for the people to appreciate the court’s verdict, rise up and fight and reclaim their stolen mandate and bring an end to impunity, imposition, violence, bad governance and abuse of public funds.