Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo, has been embroiled in allegation of receiving N2million bribe to endorse one of the aspirants to the Abak federal constituency seat.
At the stakeholders meeting held to honour Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Martha, by the PDP youths drawn from Abak and Ukanafun federal constituencies, Ekpo had raised Aniekan Umanah’s hand, a gesture that was seen as an endorsement.
Efforts to speak with Ekpo was abortive as he could not pick calls to his phone, but the party’s publicity secretary in the state, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong, dismissed the allegation as “a plot by some mischief makers to gain cheap political point”.
Speaking on behalf of Ekpo and the PDP yesterday, the PDP scribe denied the accusation, describing it as “baseless, unfounded and unjustifiable”.
“The party chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, has not collected N2million for the party to endorse anybody”, he stressed and enjoined the people not to overheat the polity.
“If the party has endorsed anybody, there is not going to be any contest. All the aspirants have support groups and any group has the right to declare support and endorse their aspirants.
“The party has nobody in mind and has not presented anybody as its choice, so people should disregard unfounded allegations coming from the rumour mill, especially in this political time”, stressed.
He explained that the PDP in the state would follow due process and ensure that better and popular candidates emerged for 2019 general elections.