You Can’t Lure Me, Don Etim, Etido Inyang, Others Tell APC
Attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State to make a bold statement in Ikot Ekpene has hit the rocks, following the inability of the party to convince significant political heavyweights in the area into its fold.
It was gathered that despite several mouthwatering offers allegedly masterminded by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Nsima Ekere, the likes of former Commissioners Don Etim, Etido Inyang and former two-term lawmaker, Nsikak Ekong, and former Senator Emmanuel Ibokessien, have held sway as leaders of over 150 thousand unrepentant supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area.
Ekere who has virtually abandoned his primary assignment at the NDDC with eyes set on the 2019 elections, was said to have been disappointed when none of the bigwigs he approached gave him a listening ear, despite his juicy offers.
Our investigations revealed that the chieftains despite not holding any political office, rejected the baits on the premise that APC has already failed in the national level and should bother more on returning the economy of the country to how it met it before the next elections.
However, in a bid to satisfy the cabals who he had promised to assist in capturing Akwa Ibom at all cost, Ekere passing through his lieutenants Chief Sunny Ibanga and Mr Uyo Nathaniel, paid some young people from the area to come and denounce the PDP publicly.
However despite collecting millions of naira from the NDDC boss, who is already enmeshed in financial scandal, only few youths numbering about 37 turn out to perform the mock decamping ritual which apparently seemed not to have affected the strength of the party in the area.
Some eyewitnesses who commented on the alleged defection said it was embarrassing that Mr Ekere was using his privilege position to embark on a wild goose chase over 2019, instead of bringing developments to his people.
“None of the so-called defected PDP members in Ikot Ekpene was a former elected political office holder, we are all in active support of PDP, our governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Akpabio.”
They thanked Governor Emmanuel for re-commencing the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dual carriageway as well as executing and commissioning an emergency Infectious Hospital in the area.
It would be recalled that recently, Mr Ekere had allegedly used the same carrots approach to lure Barr Bassey Dan Abia jr to APC, after promising him appointment as his legal adviser in the NDDC.