Election: Akwa Ibom APC begs President Buhari to help out in campaigns
... As the Nation newspaper predicts a PDP victory on Saturday
By Aniekeme Finbarr
The APC in Akwa Ibom State have found it difficult to restart their Governorship and State Assembly campaigns after a miserable outing in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Party faithful have been in despair, trading blames for the lost. George Udom, an APC enthusiast in a Facebook post on Saturday night by 10.04pm accused some APC elders of diverting campaign funds.
“If you know you’re amongst the Elders of the 31 LGA that took millions for mobilization from the APC campaign council and POCKETED, you should as a matter of URGENCY return the said funds within 6days from today or face MOB-ACTION from the affected communities” he wrote.
However, the APC clan appear to get their groove back as President Buhari is scheduled to visit Akwa Ibom State to cheer up the disillusioned party.
The PDP appear unperturbed about Mr President’s visit. The party is still stimulating its support base and mapping out strategies to overcome any external influence(s). The PDP is fired up by it’s total victory in the last elections.
The Nation Newspaper in its latest predictions of the Governorship elections says the PDP will win convincingly in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Rivers States.
“The outcome of the contest between Buhari and Atiku has changed the permutations of many observers of the politics of the state. Not a few had thought the APC will put up a strong fight for votes in Akwa Ibom state largely on the strength of the defection of former Governor Godswill Akpabio from the PDP to the APC. But the result of the presidential election proved otherwise. To further prove many pundits wrong, Akpabio lost his re-election bid in the senatorial race.
‘Thus, the political narrative in the state has been changed as we go into the next election which is more local in context. The APC will be going into the election as the underdog while the PDP, having confirmed its strong hold on the politics of the state, will be enjoying rave review from observers. No doubt, Akpabio’s loss will also have a devastating effect on the morale of APC’s foot-soldiers across the state and this can affect the party’s performance at the polls.
‘The PDP looks good to claim this state in the governorship and State Assembly Elections.
For Governor Emmanuel and the PDP, pundits say their major strength lies in the power of incumbency and the ability to showcase the achievements of the current administration to the people of the state. Not a few have claimed the victory of the PDP in the state during the Presidential and National Assembly polls is informed by the people’s satisfaction with the current administration. This will surely work in favour of the party again next weekend”, the Nation wrote.
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