By Chioma Onuegbu Uyo
A governorship aspirant on the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, hon. Onofiok Luke has explained that he refused to participate in the primary on Wednesday following the unfolding realities within the party and the country.
Luke who is a serving member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium federal consituency disclosed this in a statement entitled: ‘When reality stares us in the face’ and made available to newsmen yesterday (Wednesday) morning in Uyo.
He explained that he entered the 2023 governorship race of State to change the narrative in the political system and governance by seeking more inclusion through building together and growing together agenda.
He stressed that when his team took the message to all the 31 Chapters of the PDP the message was well accepted by members of our party and soundly resonated with Akwa Ibom citizens.
His stressed: “Our hope of victory was dependent on God using the delegates at the PDP primaries and ultimately Akwa Ibom people at the general election.This was our conviction and it is still our conviction today.
“However, unfolding realities within our party and the Nation have called for a reconsideration of my participation in the gubernatorial primaries of our party today.
This is for the simple fact that we will not be going into this election with our largest support base which is the statutory delegates.
” We also do not have any of the ad hoc delegates as our supporters who bought forms to be Adhoc delegates were excluded from the process. This position they have stated in a formal protest to the national headquarters of our party and have also sought redress.
“This statement would have been issued much earlier than now but we were waiting and hoping that the President would assent to the amended electoral bill 2022 which would have corrected the oversight. As of this morning, Mr President is yet to assent to it.
“Consequently, I will not be participating in today’s governorship primary election. I make this statement after due consultation with the leadership of the Amazing Grace Campaign team and representatives of my support base”
The governorship aspirant stressed that he was prayerfully and politically consulting on the way forward, adding that he would communicate same in the coming weeks.
He expressed sincere gratitude to his supporters stressing: “You have shown me immeasurable goodwill. I still count on your strength going forward. With you we will continue to press towards an Akwa Ibom that works for all its citizens”