The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom has said that the a PDP administration in the state would not rely on the incoming administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC to perform well in the state.
The state PDP deputy governorship candidate, Mr Moses Ekpo made this known while addressing members of the Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, NATA during their endorsement of the PDP guber candidate Mr Udom Emmanuel for Saturday’s elections.
This is against propaganda being peddled by the APC in the state that after the last presidential election result declared APC’s Buhari winner, that the state would not be able to attract investments and federal projects by being in the opposition.
Chieftains of the APC had earlier told Nigerian Pilot that the state would be better off electing an APC governor in order not be sidelined in the politics and policies of the president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buahri.
But Ekpo, the first Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission told a political gathering in Uyo that previous achievements of successive administrations in the state was not reliant upon support from the federal administration.
“For instance the Akpabio-led administration did not need support from Abuja in churning out massive infrastructure and development programmes in the state and bringing about the uncommon transformation witnessed in the state in the past eight years,” he said.
He stated that the blue print of the PDP for the continued transformation of the state remained unrivalled and would be pursued to the latter when the party is given the mandate of the people to assume leadership of the state this weekend.
It would be recalled that a chieftain of the APC and a member of the state House of Assembly for Uruan state constituency Mr Kufre Etuk had last week told Nigerian Pilot that it would not be in the interest of the state to be in the opposition.
Etuk who is also the APC candidate for this weekend’s House of Assembly election maintained that it would be sensible for the state to vote the APC in the next governorship election in order to remain in the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
“All what the stakeholders in the state need to do now is ensure, the state gets back into the mainstream of national politics by electing the APC governorship candidate come April 11.
“Akwa Ibom being in the opposition camp simply means that the state may not be able to get the much required federal support and the derivables in form of political patronage and appointments from the central government,” the lawmaker had said.


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