Friday, 13 May 2022

Ben Akak Finally Speaks After Supporters Gave Him 24hrs Ultimatum

Engr. Ben Akak

In less than 24hours after some supporters of a leading Gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, Engr. Ben Akak wrote an open letter to him issuing a 24hour ultimatum requesting he goes ahead to contest the party's primary elections despite the consensus arrived at by some stakeholders of the party, the young philanthropist this afternoon has replied to their letter with a heartwarming message 

The group also demanded he takes a second option of defecting from the party or face a mob action within 24 hours. 

The letter by the group which was widely circulated had caused a lot of stir within the political sphere. 

Engr. Akak's letter reads in full: 


My attention has been drawn to a viral message on the media space signed by about 34 heads of different support groups who supported my efforts at becoming the next governor of Cross River State after Gov. Ben Ayade, wherein, I was given 24hrs ultimatum to either purchase the APC nomination form to participate in the forthcoming Primaries, or the alternative, decamp to another party to participate fully in the electoral process.

While I acknowledge the rights of these group leaders and their groups to agitate and ask that I push further, I want to please, appeal for calm and suspension of every action(s) that may stand against the interest of the party.  I understand what you are currently passing through. Like what you wrote in your letter of demand, I understand the humiliation you may be passing through in the hands of those who do not see beyond their nose and may have taken our peaceful disposition as weakness.

Like I said in my earlier message, I firmly stand by the decision of the Leader of the party, His Excellency, Gov. Ben Ayade and other party elders in arriving at a consensus that Sen. Prince Bassey Otu should become the APC Gubernatorial Candidate in 2023.

I have taken this decision in good faith and in the best interest of the All Progressives Congress Party in Cross River State, Southern Cross River State and for the fact that I strongly believe that it is God that crown Kings. 

My venturing into politics is to serve and not to be served. To impact lives and contribute my quota to the overall wellbeing of the citizens of the state and Nigeria at large. That is why I am of the strong believe that Politics should never be a do or die affair and must be played with ethics. Ethical politics will at all times allow us to disagree to agree and on this, I have decided whole heartedly to agree with the consensus that produced Sen. Prince Bassey Otu and had already shown that by sending my congratulatory message across, my word is my bond.

To my supporters, I respect you all. My promise to address you all in a later date is still very fresh in my heart. I am currently consulting widely with stakeholders and shall brief you all on what next we should do very soon. I want to remind us that the bond that has kept us for the past 3 to 4 years campaigning and remaining faithful to this cause, goes beyond politics and I shall by the Grace of God, be there for you all through the unmerited Grace of God, as He grants us the enablement.

I pray that we all remained blessed as what you are passing through now is just temporary, and a storm in a tea cup, it shall soon pass away. Heb 10:35-36. God bless you all. 

I love you all.
Engr. Ben Akak

Recall that immediately after the leadership of the All Progressives Congress announce the consensus selection of Prince Bassey Edet Otu as the party's choice for the ticket, Engr. Ben Akak sent out a congratulatory message, congratulating him and the party which he said he was satisfied with the outcome. 

His message to his supporters this afternoon will indeed put to rest several concerns as to if the humanitarian will abide by his congratulatory message to Prince Otu and not contest the election.