The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been warned that it would only have itself to blame if it loses the 2019 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Founding APC member and leader of the party in the state, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, who stated this when a group of party faithful paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday, went ahead to warn the party that it must first purge itself of self-inflicted mischief for this aspiration to be actualised.
Akpanudoedehe expressed worry that the APC was not playing its role as an opposition party in the state because of the compromised leadership.
The former minister also denied media reports alleging that he recently called on the people of Akwa Ibom to cease from criticising former governor, Godswill Akpabio.
“The remarks on Akpabio were made by my elder brother, Chief Godwin Akpan, but mischief makers within the party gave the impression that I made them. Everyone else in my family uses Akpan as their surname. I officially swore an affidavit to adopt Akpanudoedehe as my surname when I ran for the state chairmanship of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1992.
“That was before I became chairman of Uyo local government area in 1996. Siblings are at liberty to hold different political views. That’s the case with Chief Godwin Akpan. When I contested the governorship of the state in 2011 on the platform of the ACN, he supported Obong Godswill Akpabio in PDP and, in 2015, he was with Obong Umana Okon Umana. Godwin made those remarks that some people are desperately trying to pass off as mine. Anyone who knows how I opposed the maladministration of Akpabio to the point where I nearly lost my life will know I cannot solicit for him,” the former minister of the FCT stated pointedly.
Akpanudoedehe, however, assured APC supporters that there was still time for the party to put its house in order ahead of the 2019 elections.
“There is time to put things right. If we put our party together, we have a strong chance to take Akwa Ibom State in 2019.”