#AKSLGElection: 11 APC Candidates Back Out
…AMADU ATAI, ALLOYSIUS ETOK ACCUSED OF “DISAPPEARING” WITH N300M MOBILIZATION FUND
Few hours to official commencement of accreditation and voting in today’s Local Government Election, 11 chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have announced their decision to pull out of the contest.
It was learnt that those who also pulled out of the race in the last minute include 6 vice chairmanship candidates in addition to some councillorship candidates.
They are apparently protesting non-disbursement of funds for their ward and polling unit agents.
The candidates include Cletus C Akpan (Essien Udim), Engr Ukeme Udoete (Abak), Emmanuel Ukpong (Ika), Nyoho Jackson (Esit Eket) and Robinson Akpan (Onna).
Others are Edu Okon Attah (Okobo), Iniobong Edmund (Udung Uko), Mrs Theresa Edem (Uruan), Hon Alhaji A Bassey (Nsit Atai), Marshal Emeh (Nsit Ibom) and Emmanuel Bassey (Ibiono Ibom).
Vice chairmanship candidates who also threw in the towel include Ime Browson Udo (Nsit Ibom), Abraham Emmanuel Udo (Eket) , Mrs Beauty Idio (Ika), Ubokudom Udowuren (Ukanafun), Emmanuel Asuquo (Uruan) and Enobong Eneh (Uruan).
The State Publicity Secretary of APC, Barrister Edet Eyo, who confirmed the development, said after an emergency meeting last night, the party has decided to forge ahead with the remaining candidates.
Edet stated that “this unfortunate incident could have been avoided with clear communication and maturity. Notwithstanding, the party will continue with the remaining candidates”.
Reacting to the unfolding drama, the State Youth Leader of APC, Comrade Lucky, blamed the State Chairman of APC, Dr. Amadu Atai, and the Mobilization and Campaign Committee headed by Senator Aloysius Etok, saying activities of the committee were not transparent.
He questioned the whereabouts of over N100 million recently raised from the fund launch at the Amazing Grace Centre and the N200 million grant from the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, for the election last evening.