‘Akpabio can’t pick candidate for us’
Stakeholders from Eket in Akwa Ibom State yesterday said Governor Godswill Akpabio cannot pick a governorship candidate for them.
They said the governor would only assist the region to produce the next governor.
The stakeholders spoke at a Town Hall meeting with the governor in Eket Local Government Area.
They urged Akpabio to liaise with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to streamline the number of aspirants from the area to avoid any internal fracas.
A former Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Nduese Essien, praised the governor for zoning the governorship to Eket.
But he said the governor had not fulfilled some promises he made to the constituency.
Essien said Akpabio failed to deliver the Qua River Hotel, the beautification of Eket Town, dualisation of Eket roads and the security village.
The former minister said: “The governor is not going to pick anybody for us. We are only asking him to assist us to produce a governor.
“Those who want to be governor should go out and campaign.
“Akpabio, during his time, campaigned in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
“This is why when he became a governor he knew many people and the terrain he was going to govern.
“Nobody should think that the governor is going to anoint him. I am saying this to the aspirants from Eket.
“We have many aspirants from Eket. Many of them have consulted us and consulted you. If they have not, they will come but I can assure you that the best material that you will have will come from Eket.”
Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette, who represented Akwa Ibom South, thanked Akpabio for zoning the governorship to Eket.
Mrs. Ekaette said merit and service must be the major criteria for choosing the next governor.
She said: “We have the right to choose based on the ability of the people and consultations so that we do not have fracas on our hands when it is time.”
Akpabio said his administration was committed to good governance for all areas of the state.
He said 466 projects were completed and inaugurated in Eket.
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