Ekpoudom: I see those telling me to step for Akpabio as enemies of A’Ibom

The Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police and All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial candidate, Udom Ekpoudom, has described those urging him to step down for Senator Godswill Akpabio as enemies of Abak federal constituency, popularly known as Abak5.

Ekpoudom made the claim on Friday in his office in Ediene Abak, Abak local government area, in response to speculations in the state that some elders in his party, the APC, had persuaded him to step down for Akpabio.

He vowed that if he succumbed to the pressure to withdraw from the race, he would be betraying his federal constituency, which remains the only one in the Ikot Ekpene senatorial district (Akwa Ibom North West) to produce a senator since the state was created.

He said: “Some people have been appealing to me to step down, but I’ve been saying no. And will continue to say no because it is not my project precisely, but the people’s project.

“I don’t want to be chased away from Abak federal constituency, I don’t want to betray my people. You can imagine for 16 years now, this part of Akwa Ibom, (Abak federal constituency) has not produced a Senator.

“It is only Ikot Ekpene federal constituency which has produced five senators and somebody wants to come in again from there. it is not possible. Abak5 is ready, so I look at those coming to tell me to step down as enemies of the Abak federal constituency.

“Even if they want to offer me the Head of State, I won’t accept. All I want is to get what belongs to us. If Abak5 loses now, it would affect the whole federal constituency and senatorial district.”

 

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