Gov Udom Emmanuel begs Akpabio to join APC
By Essien Essien
Sensing a crushing defeat in the coming governorship election, Udom Emmanuel is still bent on joining the APC to fly its flag.
On Friday evening, it was leant that the governor sent a high powered delegation of Ibibio elders to beg Senator Godswill Akpabio to be allowed to defect to the APC before Monday, the last day for filling of candidates in INEC.
The delegation begged for the governor’s name to be sent to INEC in place of Mr Nsima Ekere who won the APC primary held last Sunday. It was a request which drew a chuckle from a bemused Akpabio because ‘it sounded as strange as a tale from the outer world’, according to an APC chieftain who was privy to the meeting.
This is the umpteenth time the governor is making desperate efforts to decamp to the ruling Party in a bid to escape electoral in March humiliation. Early August a group of APC stakeholders in the state had to take up advertorials in some newspapers asking their National Chairman not to allow Udom Emmanuel into the Party.