Akwa Ibom community in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and other 19 northern States had on Sunday endorsed the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the State, Obong Nsima Ekere.
The endorsement which took place at the Akwa Ibom House in Abuja witnessed large turn out of Akwa Ibom indigenes from different states in the north and the FCT.
Speaking at the event, the President of Akwa-Ibom community in the FCT and other 19 northern States, Mr Akparanta Tom, said they can never support a ‘’promised and failed’’ government of Udom Emmanuel, recalling that the governor had failed to fulfil so many promises he made to the people before taking the mantle of leadership in the state.
While praising Godswill Akpabio for keeping to his promise while in office, Akparanta said, ‘’Anyone who knows you by your name and calls you by your name is your governor. Akpabio knows us, he had done all within his capacity for us, and he has now asked us to support Nsima Ekere. We will support him. Anyone who calls you ‘my man’ like Udom Emmanuel is not our governor. That’s why we have rejected him today,’’ he said.
The president, consequently declared Nsima Ekere as their candidate for the 2019 elections, urging all Akwa Ibom people to do same.
Responding, the APC governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere thanked the group for their declaration of support for him, saying it has been the same story throughout the 28 Local Government Areas he has visited since the commencement of the campaign.