Nsima Ekere

How Governor Udom Emmanuel Retained Foothold In A’Ibom

“Henceforth, the battle line was drawn between Akpabio and his estranged godson, Emmanuel, for the epic battle for the soul of Akwa Ibom.And when the die was finally cast, the first acid test was the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which the PDP won 100 percent, returning the three PDP Senators and 10 House of Representatives members.In the Presidential elections, Buhari won about 31 percent, having secured victory in only two Local Government Areas (Essien Udim and Mbo) out of the 31 Local Government Areas.Shell shocked, Akpabio and his men had to immediately disown and condemn the results, alleging widespread malpractices by the PDP working in collusion with Igini’s INEC.That Akpabio also lost in the contest was a more shocking development that sent fears and tension down the spines of Akwa Ibom people, even in the diaspora.To ensure the direction of victory is altered and rail-roaded along the line of APC, the next governorship and State Assembly polls came with a more killing bite as Emmanuel resoundingly won in 30 out of the 31 Councils, leaving only Akpabio’s Essien Udim for APC.Before the polls, Akpabio had sworn that “Akwa Ibom will be the first state to fall to APC within just three hours of voting, but the tide changed and put the former governor in a position of struggling to even grab his Local Government and calling on everybody for help”, noted Chief Udotong Archibong, a PDP chieftain in Oruk Anam. READ MORE