March 22, 2019

Akwa Ibom 2023: Discourse is premature, embarrassing — PDP

Obong Paul Ekpo

Obong Paul Ekpo

BY: Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo

CHAIRMAN of Akwa Ibom state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo has described as premature and embarrassing the commencement of conversation on the 2023 governorship race.

Obong Paul Ekpo

Obong Paul Ekpo

Ekpo in a statement made available to reporters in Uyo, therefore appealed to the general public, online influencers as well as the prospective aspirants to allow the state to run smoothly without distractions.

Ekpo’s words, “It has become pertinent that the hierarchy of the party (PDP) takes steps to urgently address the very unnecessary, divisive and diversionary commencement of discourse on 2023 Governorship. This trend is absolutely embarrassing and manifestly premature.

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“God has just won for us a second term under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel, who is still in his first term. We, therefore, appeal to the general public and the prospective aspirants to please allow the state to run smoothly without any distraction.

“We also appeal to online influencers and bloggers to desist forthwith from instigating or participating in the promotion and projection of persons for 2023.”

Ekpo emphasized that while it was very permissible to have aspirations of any magnitude, time was a key determinant of the appropriateness or otherwise of such ambition.

He commended Akwa Ibom people for their sustained unflinching support to the Udom Emmanuel led administration and assured that the governor’s second term would deliver democracy dividends beyond his documented promises.

“Additionally, as the first term of this administration comes to a successful end, we are aware that the battle for appointment will reach fever pitch.

“We admonish the intended beneficiaries to recognize the fact that the authority to appoint is legally resident in the appointor(in this case the Governor) and exercised at his discretion, without any pressures whatsoever, therefore, mobilizing online or social media support will have absolutely no effect on the process,” he said.