A former banker, Otuekong Iniebehe Okorie yesterday appealed to newsmen in Akwa Ibom State to support him as he stepped out to confront former Governor Godswill Akpabio for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial seat in the forthcoming general elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The aspirant who spoke to journalists in Uyo said the interest of the party was very paramount, adding that he is very sure that the party will give him ticket at the primaries to enable him fly its flag in the 2019 general elections.
He said, “The primary has to be free, fair and credible. If you defeat me in a free and fair primary, I will work for you and the party, but if you win in a primary that is not free and fair, you are on your own.”
He also assured that as a firm believer in the principles of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, he will not stop supporting the programmes of the party, stressing that the party in Akwa Ibom will use the direct primary system.
He said he was confident of the APC forming the next government in the state in 2019, stressing that with the right candidate and right approach, the APC has what it takes to defeat an incumbent governor.
“I did it in 2014 and my friend who has joined us now is aware of that even though they locked down the process. Now, with a President who has not only promised, but is interested in a credible election, you can be rest assured that my victory is assured.
“Akwa Ibom is a rich state, but the people are still poor. We are blessed with abundant water, yet the people still drink from the well. The state has not been able to achieve one of the items on the Millennium Development Goals which is food, water and sanitation,” he said.
‘’I am not threatened, not at all in any form as my confidence, comes from God and secondly, from the people. The senatorial district is divided into zones and as you know, in this country and in the APC, we all believe in zoning”, he stated.
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