Ahead of this weekend’s governorship and state assembly elections, traditional rulers drawn from the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State have endorsed the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Udom Emmanuel.
Rising from their stakeholders meeting in Uyo, yesterday, the royal fathers vowed to ensure PDP remains the ruling party in the State.
Speaking at the meeting held at the secretariat of the Transformation Initiative for the Empowerment of Ibom People (TIEIP), a coalition of PDP support groups, the monarchs urged eligible voters to respect the existing zoning arrangement going into the polls.
Under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Family Heads Forum (AFHF), the group unanimously endorsed the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, as the right choice for the top political job in the stat.
The state coordinator of the Forum, Obong Idongesit Okon, who doubles as the chapter head of the Forum in Etim Ekpo local government area, said nothing should be left to chance in returning the PDP as the ruling party.
Urging his fellow monarchs to galvanise eligible voters in their domains to rally round PDP at the polls this weekend, Okon enjoined them not to be dissuaded by the propaganda ploy of the opposition but stand resolute in the task of delivering the state for the PDP.
In the same vein, Dr. Henry Ataieyen (Eket); Engr. Akpan Akpan Umoenang (Ikot Ekpene); Chief Pius Okon Abel (Uyo) and Etubom Archibong (Uruan), all stressed the need for Akwa Ibom to remain a PDP State, vowing to resist every move to change the status quo through fraudulent scheming of the opposition.
According to them, the change of guard at the centre should not deter anybody, noting that “when the PDP was in power at the centre, we still have other opposition parties in other states”.
Besides, they pointed out that Akwa Ibom has nothing to lose from the centre inspite of the recent development, adding that developments and other dividends of democracy accruing to the state would continue to flow and urged the people to put behind them the recent lost of the central government by the PDP and work towards providing effective opposition with Udom Emmanuel-from May 29, 2015.

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