Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will constitute a reconciliatory panel to settle the grievances of some aspirants in the party primary elections in the state.
The governor stated this on Sunday in an interview with Newsmen at his Onna residence after the state House of Assembly primaries conducted across 26 state constituencies of the state.
Governor Emmanuel stressing that no two elections are the same, urged the aspirants to accept the result of the primaries in good faith.
He said that the amended Electoral Act has disqualified him as the governor and leader of the party from voting.
“Today I decided to obey the rules of the electoral act, that disqualified me from being a delegate, I refused to go nearer to the venue.
“I have come to understand that what ever comes our way is the act of God, we can’t blame anyone.
“Akwa Ibom is PDP and PDP is Akwa Ibom, I hope to immediately set up a reconciliation committee for those of us feeling aggrieved that probably the process today did not favour them, it’s an act of God and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. No one in this country saw this coming, so we must take it the way we have seen it, so the committee will reconcile and bring them back together.”
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants for AKwa Ibom South Senatorial District, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen said a group of aspirants in the state has decided to pull out of the primaries because of the pending court issues arising from the last Adhoc delegates election in the state.
Speaking at Ikot Ebiere in Onna Local Government Area of the state, Inyangeyen said the exercise conducted by PDP in the state is illegal and can not be considered as a democratic exercise.
Inyangeyen, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel said a group of aspirant has asked the leadership of PDP in the state to provide a plain level ground for all aspirants to contest and prove their popularity but the government has refused because they are afraid to lose out.
“We approached the court and injunction was granted against conduct of the exercise in the state. Because of the court order, I remain in my house today. I don’t mind what they are doing today. I am a law abiding citizen. Whatever they are doing today, we would challenge it in court.
“We have asked our supporters to shun the primaries because it is conducted on illegality”, he said.