By Akinwale Kasali
For months now that Senator Godswill Akpabio defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progessives Congress, APC, the party at the center is not leaving any stone unturned as its battle ready to win the oil rich states in the general election coming up next year.
Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission was on Monday declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom.
The chairman of APC’s committee for the governorship primary, Yamah Momoh, who made the declaration at the party’s secretariat in Uyo, said the election was conducted in the 329 wards in the state.
According to Momoh, Ekere polled a total of 160, 458 votes to emerge the winner, while his closest rival, Mr. Dan Abia scored 4, 189 votes.
He said that two other aspirants, Dr Edet Efretuei and Senator James Akpanudoedeghe scored 1, 234 votes and 215 votes respectively.
Ekere was a former deputy governor in the state.
With this development, the Governor of the State, Emmanuel Udom, who has been given the nod by the PDP to vie for the seat of the governor for the second term are presently strategizing on how to demystify Akpabio and Ekere in the 2019 polls.