The candidate of the All Progressives for Etinan Federal Constituency in the just concluded national assembly elections in the state, Obong Dan Akpan has extended a hand of fellowship to governor Udom Emmanuel .
It would be recalled that at the mop up campaign rally of the PDP held in Uyo a few days to the gubernatorial polls, Obong Dan Akpan had told the governor that he has collapsed his political structures into the governor’s campaign team and asked his supporters to vote for me Udom Emmanuel. In his brief remarks at the occasion, the onetime elected chairman of Nsit Ubium local government area, former member of the state house of assembly and erstwhile member of House of Representatives for Etinan Federal Constituency, assured the governor of massive votes from his people. In a goodwill message to the governor on his re-election for a second term in office, the suave and grassroots politician said he elated that his constituents and supporters contributed significantly to the overwhelming victory recorded by the governor.
He noted that the governor truly merited the victory because of factors ranging from superb performance to peaceful disposition and genuine commitment to the overall development of the state, adding that governor Emmanuel needed more time to complete the numerous projects and programmes started by the administration while initiating new ones.
At the same time, Obong Dan Akpan said it was in the best political interest of Akwa Ibom state for the governor to complete his two terms of eight years to ensure a rancour -free transfer of power to Uyo senatorial district in 2023.
He explained that this had always been his position during his stint in the APC, which, according to him, was one of the points of disagreement between him and the APC hierarchy in the state. In addition, the ICT mogul said he discovered to his chagrin, entrenched vested interests within the APC were diametrically opposed to his national assembly bid for the fear that it might negatively affect their political adventures. Obong Dan Akpan spoke of what he called deep seated intrigues, backstabbing, betrayals and damaging blackmail as some of the reasons he left his former party.
The Nsit Ubium born politician remarked that on account of all these and many more acts of distrust, he had made up his mind to leave the APC even before the NASS elections, but decided to tarry till after the polls so as not to unnecessarily heat up the polity.
Obong Dan Akpan urged the people of Akwa Ibom state and in particular, his constituents and supporters to join hands with the government of governor Udom Emmanuel in order to continue to benefit from the dividends of good governance.