FLOORS ITA ENANG, UDOEDEGHE, 6 OTHERS
The leading All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Akanimo Udofia, has emerged as the candidate of the party in the oil rich State ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The Nsit Ibom born philanthropist was declared winner at the party’s Secretariat, Ekpo Obot Street, Uyo, venue of the exercise.
TheHILL Reporter who since Thursday morning, was at the venue to monitor the exercise reported that, election materials arrived in the evening after a failed attempt by unknown persons to divert the materials to an unapproved centre.
Eight contestants, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, Obong Akan Udofia, Senator Ita Enang, Prof Chris Ekong, Mr. Austin Utuk, Mr Uduak Udoh, Mr. Larry Esin as well as Richard Anana had contested to be the candidate of the party.
The Chairman of the Governorship Primary in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Tunde Ajibulu, while declaring open the process which transcended to the early hours of Friday, had stated the primary election would be transparent and end in peace.
At the end of the contest, the scores were recorded as follows: Udoedehe – 2 votes, Akan Udofia – 1,227 votes, Enang – 34 votes, Ekong – 21 votes, Utuk – 2 votes, Udoh – 7 votes, Esin – 1 vote, Anana – 2 votes and 19 void votes.
In his acceptance speech, Obong Udofia eulogized God Almighty for making it possible for him to win. He equally thanked the leader of the party in the State and frontline Presidential aspirant; Senator Godswill Akpabio, for the fatherly role he played in the party before, during and after the process.
While thanking the leadership of the party in the State, led by Obong Stephen Ntukekpo and delegates for the confidence reposed in him, Obong Akanimo Udofia, extended an olive branch to all the aspirants who contested against him. He urged them to sheath their swords and work for the APC to emerge victorious in the 2023 elections.
The candidate of the APC in the State, Obong Akan Udofia, who stressed he will win the general elections, said, “time has come to make Akwa Ibom money work in and for Akwa Ibom people.”
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