Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Breaking: Onofiok Akpan Luke Withdraws from A'Ibom Guber Race, See Reasons

Onofiok Luke

Ukorebi Esien | 25th May 2022

The Member of Parliament representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency and governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Rt.Hon. Onofiok Akpan Luke has withdrawn from the guber race, a few hours before the primary election. 

Onofiok disclosed this to supporters in the early hours of today, via a statement titled, "When Reality Stares us in the Face", said his withdrawal from the race is due to the inability of President Buhari to sign the amended electoral act. 

According to him, the current act barred the majority of his supporters who are statutory delegates from voting in the delegate elections and his supporters who duly bought forms to contest as Ad-Hoc delegates were unjustly the denied opportunity to contest the election. A situation which he said had been reported to the national body of the party.

The statement reads in full: 

When Reality Stares us in the Face

Dear Akwa Ibom People,

I entered the ongoing Governorship race of our dear State to change the narrative in the political system and governance by seeking more inclusion through our Building Together and Growing Together agenda. We took our message to all the 31 Chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state. That message was well accepted by members of our party and soundly resonated with Akwa Ibom citizens. Our hope of victory was dependent on God using the delegates at the PDP primaries and ultimately Akwa Ibom people at the general election.This was our conviction and it is still our conviction today. 

However, unfolding realities within our party and the Nation have called for a reconsideration of my participation in the gubernatorial primaries of our party today. This is for the simple fact that we will not be going into this election with our largest support base which is the statutory delegates. We also do not have any of the ad hoc delegates as our supporters who bought forms to be Adhoc delegates were excluded from the process. This position they have stated in a formal protest to the national headquarters of our party and have also sought redress.

This Statement would have been issued much earlier than now but we were waiting and hoping that the President would assent to the amended electoral bill 2022 which would have corrected the oversight. As of this morning, Mr President is yet to assent to it. 

Consequently, I will not be participating in today's governorship primary election. 
I make this statement after due consultation with  the leadership of the Amazing Grace Campaign team and representatives of my support base. 

I am prayerfully and politically consulting on the way forward, and I will communicate same in the coming weeks.

My sincere gratitude to our supporters. You have shown me immeasurable goodwill. I still count on your strength going forward. With you we will continue to press towards an Akwa Ibom that works for all its citizens.
Rt.Hon. Onofiok Akpan Luke
Gubernatorial Aspirant
Peoples' Democratic Party

Recall that Governor Udom Emmanuel had earlier this year unveil Umo Eno, a cleric and the current Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources as his possible successor and anointed candidate for the PDP governorship race in Akwa Ibom governor come 2023.