Akwa Ibom North West: Ekpoudom on pitty – party trip for cheap recognition – Senator Akpabio
Retired Deputy Inspector -General of Police, DIG Udom Ekpoudom, has told a section of the Nigerian press that, he won the Senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Akwa Ibom North West.
He went further to lie against all known facts that former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, offered him a ministerial position for him to step down from the Senatorial contest.
But the Press Secretary to the former minister, Senator Akpabio, Jackson Udom in a press release described the statement by the former police chief as unfounded.
“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have dignified this unfounded claims with any response, but for the interest and information of the unsuspecting members of public, who could be taken-in by this bare faced lie, we have to state at follows:
“That Udom Ekpoudom was never the candidate of the APC for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and as such, there wouldn’t have been any reason(s) for him to be asked to step down for Senator Akpabio.
“That The Senatorial Primary, he claimed produced him as the candidate, is NOT recognized by the National Working Committee (NWC), which is the legally recognized body to organize such event.
“It is a known fact that Senatorial primaries of the party took place across the country on the 28th of May and not on the 27th of May, where he purportedly claimed he “emerged” the “candidate.
Mr. Udom further said, the only recognised primary election for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, was the one ordered and supervised by the NWC of the party on the 28th of May.
According to him, “it was Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo, who was declared winner of the primary, but because of security infractions which characterised the exercise, it was cancelled and a re-conduct of the exercise on the 9th of June, was ordered and conducted; where Senator Godswill Akpabio emerged the winner.
He explained that, there was no time and infact, there was no need for anybody, not to talk of Senator Akpabio, to have asked Udom Ekpoudom to step down, when it is a known fact that, he was not and was never the candidate of the party at any point in time.
Udom noted that, it is frustration that is driving the former DIG to think otherwise in his quest to become a senator by cutting corners.
“We understand the frustration the former Police Chief is currently going through with his phantom senatorial candidacy. The frustration has made him to embark on a pity-party trip for cheap recognition and unmerited sympathy”.
He advised retired DIG Udom Ekpoudom, to focus his energy on blaming those who took him on political wild goose chase and later abandoned him to sink deep into political irrelevance, while they seek political succour for negotiation on another platform and not on the former Minister.