Akwa Ibom PDP’s plan to lobby Presidency for support in 2019 can’t work — Senator (Dr) John James Akpanudoedehe

The Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Mr. Umana Okon Umana (middle), flanked from right by the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima U. Ekere; new Akwa Ibom State All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretary, Mr. Augustine Ekanem; former Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, Senator Aloysius Etok; former Member of House of Representatives for Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Barr. Iquo Inyang; and former Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. Effiong Abia. Flanked from left by former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Senator John Udoedehe; former Special Adviser to the Governor on Political and Legislative Affairs, Prince Perry Ntuk; former Commissioner of Economic Development, Prof. Chris Ekong; business mogul, Prince Victor Utuk; at Udoedehe’s residence in Afaha Offot, Uyo, for dinner after the APC State Congress on Saturday.

May 23, 2018 ~ Uyo

By: Fred Ukpong

The plan of Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio to lobby the Presidency for support for PDP in Akwa Ibom State in return for support for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 has been written off as unworkable by a leader of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Senator (Dr) John James Akpanudoedehe.

Senator (Dr) John James Akpanudoedehe wrote off the PDP’s plan when he spoke at the APC state congress held at SheerGrace Arena, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo last Saturday.

“As for to deliver the President, it is our business to do and we are going to do it. And let PDP not go to our President and say allow us to form the State Government, we will support the Presidency. What is not your own cannot be your own. We are APC for Buhari and Buhari is for us. You (PDP) are in opposition. You are not in (Federal) Government. You are opposition. You are trying to buy into our party through the backdoor. Will it work? No. It can’t.”

Knowing that President Buhari will overwhelmingly win 2019 election, Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio have been lobbying some Presidency officials without success in the last one year for a deal to support Buhari in exchange for Buhari’s support for PDP in Akwa Ibom State.

Akpabio particularly has told his close followers again and again that he will support Buhari in 2019.

In the last one year, his fellow PDP senators have tried to remove him twice as Minority Leader for supporting instead of opposing the President.

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Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State

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