The build up to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Guber primaries has seen new developments as the Eket Senatorial District caucus is split between adopting Mr Nsima Ekere, the current MD of the NDDC or Barr Bassey Dan Abia, the former MD of the NDDC.
Party Chieftains from Esit Eket, Eket, Ibeno, Mkpat Enin and the five Local Government areas that make up the Oro nations have expressed displeasure over the unilateral decision by Senator Godswill Akpabio in adopting Mr Nsima Ekere as a consensus candidate.
The block spearheaded by Senator Aloysius Etok and Hon Eseme Eyiboh, Chairman of the Cross River Basin Development Authority have said that it will strongly support its son, Barr Bassey Dan Abia from being ridiculed by old forces that had taken the state aback in years past.
They said Ekere lacks the popularity to gain such sweeping approval as he is grossly not popular in his senatorial district.
They have advised Senator Godswill Akpabio to desist from any plans to wreck the APC that has gathered sufficient momentum in the state in the past few years. The block have noted that Ekere should prepare for the shock of his life as the direct primaries to be conducted will have surprising outcomes.
Barr Bassey Abia in a recent interview with PREMIUM TIMES said he is ready to run for the elections.
Mr Dan-Abia said for Akwa Ibom to utilise the enormous human and natural resources, its leaders and people must be brave enough to put aside attitudes, utterances, and actions that could only bring in disunity, hatred, and strife among the people.
“Though we are a people of diverse culture, diverse experiences, and diverse socio-political orientation, we remain one big family under a big, beautiful, and mighty God. And one sure way to appreciate God is to appreciate and love your fellow brother, despite individual differences.
“For the sake of our common good, I am hereby making a passionate appeal to my fellow politicians, brothers, and sisters out there to please play down on issues that could divide us as a people.
“Political parties are vehicles for the realisation of ambitions and goals, and therefore brothers should not be seen and treated as enemies merely because they belong to different political parties,” he said.