From Joe Effiong, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Accord Party has said they are not agents of the Akwa Ibom State Government, but serious challengers with a mission to produce the next governor of the state.
The state chairman of the party, Mr Martins Inyang Ansa declared at a press conference in Uyo on Wednesday, that it was false and malicious the rumours making rounds that the governorship candidate of the Accord Party, Mr Emem Coffie holds a substitutive candidate position.
“I would want to use this medium to inform the General Public that, Accord in Akwa Ibom State is a product of self-sacrifice by committed members who have shown unflinching loyalty in their belief to produce the next Governor of our dear State come 2023.
“I would also want to use this medium to debunk insinuations, claims and rumours making rounds in the state that our great party is being sponsored by the state.
” I want to state here unequivocally that Accord (Party) in Akwa Ibom State has never received a dime from the state nor an individual or group of individuals.
“Therefore, Accord (Party), Akwa Ibom State Chapter is open for all Akwa Ibomites irrespective of their political platform and affiliations,” Ansa said
He regretted that such malicious and despiteful intent was aimed at destroying the core values of his great party and the personae of Emem Coffie before the right-thinking members of the society. “This is totally false and malicious”.
“The leadership of this great party and the winner of the 28th of May, 2022 delegates Primaries elections Engr. Emem Coffie (FNICE, COREN) hereby debunks such “substitutive position” as false. All members of Accord Party, supporters and the general public should please take note,” he added
While congratulating members who emerged winners during the recently concluded primaries, the party chairman also used the forum to commend members who have sacrificed to keep the flag of the party flying.
He also used the occasion the thank the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini for standing by the party to ensure that all who emerged winners at the primaries were listed by the umpire.
He called on Akwa Ibom people to join Accord Party in its ride to provide solutions to the challenges confronting the state; “because we are all we need and we are better together, join Accord today, as we are the solution providers to the challenges of our dear state.”