Determined to neutalise the plan by Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Obot Akpabio to impose his candidate on the state in the coming governorship election, some aspirants to political offices who felt alienated in the just concluded ward congress in the state are planning to move into the All Progressives Congress APC en masse.
Indications to this effect emerged shortly after the ward congress in Akwa Ibom during which case, the governor allegedly manipulated the process to push the names of his favourites as delegates who will elect the next political office holders in Akwa Ibom state later this months
Indications are rife therefore, that the PDP in Akawa Ibom will on Monday forwarward the names of delegates that had been compiled not elected to the national headquarters of PDP for ratification.
The State governor, had already worked in concert with the officials of PDP at the National level in ensuring the zoning of the governorship slot of Akwa Ibom to Eket Senatorial District in line with his initial plan of encouraging the State Secretary to the Government SSG, Emmanuel Udum to pick the slot.
The alienated aspirants who were interested in the National Assembly seats had complained about the alleged heavy manipulation of the ward congress election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the instance of the state governor
There have been reports that the ward congress in Akwa Ibom ended in fracas on Saturday, as members of the electoral panel who conducted the poll allegedly played along with the governor of the state in manipulating the process.
According to reports, the panel members who were camped in the government House on arrival released the electoral materials for the agents of the state governor, who allegedly filled in the names of the governors’ surrogates as delegates.
It was gathered that on Saturday, all the PDP governorship, senatorial and house of Representatives aspirants had mobilised to the PDP headquarters in anticipation of supervising the electoral process only to discover that fake forms on the ward congress were being distributed by the PDP’s Electoral Panel.
More of those who lost out in the ward congress election, according to reports were even governorship aspirants from Eket Senatorial District where the governorship slot of Akwa Ibom was officially zoned to by PDP, since they were equally shut out of the voting process.
A candidate who gave a vivid account of what happened in Akwa Ibom disclosed that aspirants from Eket who had all along been tagging along with Akpabio and his henchmen said it was too late for them to discover that Akpabio had no plan to make them participate in the electoral process having settled for Emmanuel Udum, his SSG.
The aspirants who were said to have been disappointed with the turn of events, according to reports have been holding joint meetings with a view to taking the next line of action, most of them having agreed never to support Akpabio in imposing a candidate on the state in 2014.
It is doubtful where the governorship aspirants in PDP would be cross-carpeting into the APC, since former Minister, Akpan Udoedehen had already position himself to take the APC governorship ticket in the state having been in control of the party since 2011 when he lost to Akpabio.