A Peoples Democratic Party’s banner declaring support for Senator Godswill Akpabio’s presidential ambition, erected at Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium, venue of the declaration by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs on Wednesday generated tension in Akwa Ibom State.
The banner with the caption “Peoples Democratic Party, Akwa Ibom State Chapter in support of His Excellency, Chief Dr Godswill Akpabio for President in 2023” was among other banners at the venue.
The development has indeed thrown members of the political class into confusion considering the fact that the leader of the party and Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, is also contesting as President in 2023 under PDP.
But the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the PDP has said the banner supporting was the handiwork of mischief-makers.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Borono Bassey in a statement on Wednesday, said the mischief-makers wanted to use the name of the PDP to score cheap political but have failed.
According to him, having failed in his enterprise, the party wonders why they should choose a day such as this to “embarrass their principal” by reminding him that his political aspirations amount to nothing if is not on the platform of the only ruling in the state.
The statement reads in part “We have seen a photograph of a banner with an inscription to the effect that a party with the name – “People” Democratic Party is in support of the presidential rally of the Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Godswill Akpabio.
“Whereas the aforementioned “Party” does not exist as a duly registered Political Party in Nigeria and certainly not in Akwa Ibom State, we understand that the innuendo that the mischief-makers set out, but failed to achieve was to use the name of our Party – The Peoples Democratic Party to score points.
“In light of this, we are moved by sympathy to wonder why Akpabio’s handlers chose a day like this to embarrass their principal by reminding him that any of his political aspirations will amount to nothing if such aspiration does not come on the platform of the only Party in Akwa Ibom State – the Peoples Democratic Party.”
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