Breaking News: G22 dumps Nsima Ekere, backs Udom

Aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2015 governorship seat in Akwa Ibom State, under the aegis of the G22 have gathered to drum support for the second term bid of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

The group says although Obong Nsima Ekere is still the CoChairmen of the body, they are satisfied with the way the current governor is running the affairs of the state.

G22 stated that its members have converged and assessed the policy thrust of Governor Emmanuel and they are determined to work towards the maintenance of good leadership to help build a sustainable Akwa Ibom society.

In a press text entitled, Never Again Masada, delivered at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Information Drive, Uyo, by its leader, Pastor Ita Udo, the group condemned any “anti people vices and destructive tendencies” which they said could “elude the peace and togetherness experienced by Akwa Ibom people under the present administration”.

The group reasoned that Udom Emmanuel “has done a lot to stabilize the state” and “has managed the economy well”.

They stressed that they only contended with the processes that produced Udom Emmanuel as the governor, and not with his principles in governance.

“We have resolved to stand with Udom and it is patriotic to call on the good people of the state to support him to consolidate on his achievements. He has done very well and deserves the governorship position of Akwa Ibom State”, the text reads.

Members of the G22 who attended the event were: Dr Samuel Udonsak, Engr Effiong Usin, Crown Prince Chrisabasi Eyo, Rt. Jerome Isangedighi and Prof. Peter Esuh.

It could be recalled that the G22 was the conglomeration of the 2015 governorship aspirants of PDP who disagreed with the process that produced Udom Emmanuel as the candidate of the party.

The G22 had staged a protest to reject the candidacy of Udom Emmanuel and spent 40 days and 40 nights in Abuja, battling to dialogue with the then President Goodluck Jonathan, who granted them no audience.

However, Obong Nsima Ekere is currently the flag bearer of the APC for the March 2 2019 governorship post in the state.

© Joseph Atainyang

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