2023: UDOM IN ‘SUCCESSION PLAN’ & ‘PRESIDENCY OFFER’ DILEMMA

…as Umo Eno agrees to accept, should PDP come up with a consensus candidate.

Concerning who succeeds Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa lbom state, as his eight (8) years tenure expire May 29, 2023, which has brought concern to well-meaning citizens of Akwa lbom and those beyond the shores of the state, information reaching this reporter shows that there are traces of forces under-play in making Udom understand and realize the truth or validity of allowing the popular will of the people to prevail.

According to a reliable source who is very close to the anchor man of the ‘Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) – an initiative of the state government, on whose back, Governor Udom’s preferred candidate, Umo Eno, was to ride into the Hilltop Mansion, come 2023; “the attempt to jettison Governor Emmanuel’s succession plan, has something to do with the offer, for him (Udom) to run for the office of a President in 2023”, the source confided.

“Governor Emmanuel”, the source continued, “was not pleased with the offer and the new development. He equally saw it as an effrontery to openly oppose him and jettison his plan, as it is obvious that his choice of gubernatorial candidate from Uyo Senatorial District, is not the people’s preferred, and might not get close to the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The leadership of MPM, on receiving the information, ordered for immediate investigation on the matter. Upon laying hands on some tangible and concrete facts, the leader of the group, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, mobilized the team and left to Abuja for an inquiry at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata House,

“After the said inquiry in Abuja, the team, led by Pastor Umo Eno were fielding in questions from newsmen, where he (Umo Eno) was asked and he responded if he would accept should the PDP in the state come up with a consensus candidate that is not him.

“‘i will accept the party’s decision because the party is supreme’, Umo Eno has said. Though at a point he objected by saying that all the decision makers in the party were there with him in Abuja, indicating a proof of party’s acceptance of his candidature.

“Umo Eno further confirmed his acceptability by saying he has received the largest number of endorsement from all the stakeholders in the party and in socio-cultural groups across the state.

“Without a recourse to the fact that when he (Umo Eno) was adopted at the Government House, the who-is-who in Akwa lbom politics were not there, let alone the ignorance of the Governor’s pre-emptive invites to the Government House for the ceremony” the source has said.

It could be recalled that there is a trending video in social media, where Umo Eno and his team were fielding in questions from the media in Abuja, and he made those statements.

Meanwhile, “as the 2023 general elections beckon, Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has joined eight other aspirants in the presidential race under Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Straightnews has gathered.

“Straightnews learned reliably from PDP National Secretariat, Wadata House, Abuja that the governor has purchased PDP nomination form and expression of interest to vie for presidency.

“Speaking with Straightnews publisher on March 30, a Senior Special on Media to the Governor who did not want his name in print confirmed that it was true.

According to him, Brekete Family on Human Rights Radio 101.1 FM, Abuja bought the nomination form and expression of interest for the governor.

Recall that on Friday, January 14, Governor Udom appeared on a live interview as a guest on Brekete Family Radio Live Talk Show in Abuja, hosted by the Ordinary President, Ahmed Isah on Brekete Family on Human Rights Radio 101.1 FM, Abuja, where he spoke on his achievements in the last six years and on the State of the Nation.

However, after all saying and done, what would be, would be. Let us watch out!

©Joseph ATHANASIUS

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