The Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, has refuted the rumours that he was contesting for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial district seat in the National Assembly in 2023.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Ekikere Umoh, made the rebuttal on Tuesday in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo, the State capital.
Umoh in the statement said that the deputy governor was not interested in aspiring for the senatorial district rather would channel his energy towards the actualisation of the completion agenda of the Gov. Udom Emmanuel.
He noted that the speculations were made by political jobbers whose stock in trade was to blackmail as well as cause distraction in the present government.
According to the statement, “The attention of the Office of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State has been drawn to a string of spurious reports fabricated and placed in some publications, insinuating that the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo has declared intention to vie for the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District ticket in 2023.
“This is not only false but, represents a poor attempt by some political jobbers and outright miscreants to pitch His Excellency against some perceived political interests with the mischievous intent to please their paymasters while making financial capital out of the misadventure.
“For the benefit of the general public, we hereby restate the obvious; the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, has neither indicated nor entertained the very thought of running for the Senate in 2023. Nor, has he given any thought to the idea of another political office at the end of his tenure.
“It is on record that at a recent political event at Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, he had openly endorsed the aspiration of Mr Emmanuel Enoidem to represent Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly.”
He added that Ekpo as an elder stateman was more concerned in ensuring justice and equity in the distribution of political offices to deserving political blocs in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure.
He however advised the public to disregard any statements or publications to the contrary.