Don Etiebet, others dump Akpabio for PDP’s Enoidem
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State and former Minister of Petroleum, Don Etiebet and leaders of the Abak-5 constituency have adopted the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Emmanuel Enoidem, in the February 25 National Assembly election in the state.
This is as they also resolved to vote for their respective party’s presidential candidates during the election.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the former minister has consistently called on Senator Godwill Akpabio to withdraw his senatorial ambition for the sake of equity and balance to accommodate Abak-5 communities who are yet to produce a senator since 1963.
A statement from the media unit of the Enoidem campaign organisation made available to our correspondent on Sunday stated that the decision was taken after an inter-party meeting held at the Ewet Housing Estate residence of the former Minister of Petroleum.
The meeting which was a coalition of the APC, PDP, NNPP, YPP, LP and others from Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika, Ukanufun and OrukAnam Local Government Areas revolved among other things, that the “2023 senatorial seat for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District must go to Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency which has not produced a Senator since 1963.”
“That all Abak-5 community eligible voters are enjoined to vote for Emmanuel Enoidem of the PDP irrespective of their party affiliations in the community in the forthcoming senatorial election of February 25, 2023, for equity, justice, fairness and brotherliness because it is Abak Federal Constituency’s turn to produced the next Senator having not had any since 1963.”
“The leaders of the Abak-5 community led by, Don Etiebet, are enjoined to reach out to their allies in Ikot Ekpene and Ikono/Ini Federal constituencies for their understanding and support to vote for Enoidem to win the senate seat of the Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District.”
Reacting, the director, Media and Publicity of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s Campaign Organisation, Mr Joe Iniudo, dismissed the purported endorsement as illusionary, saying it is the handwork of mischief makers who wanted to create news out of nothing.
He said “I have not been able to make findings to know who and who are members of the coalition that you are talking about.
“I think that coalition is close to being illusionary because the people that are expected to be stakeholders in Abak-5, I am not sure participated in that exercise.
“I have had cause to speak to a former member of the House of Representatives and he said he was not there.
“I have also spoken with a former local government chairman and other political stakeholders who confirmed not there.
“So, who are the members of this coalition? I think that somebody somewhere is just trying to give meaning to something that is really not in existence,” he added.