Mr Akanimo Udofia has emerged the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom.

Out of the 1, 313 accredited delegates, Udofia polled 1,227 votes to beat eight other aspirants including Senator Ita Enang who scored 34 votes and a University Don, Prof Chris Ekong who got 21 votes.

Announcing the result of the election in Uyo yesterday, the chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Nomination Committee, Mr Omabatunde Ajibola gave details of votes scored by the other candidates to include, Mr Uduak Udo(7), Akpan Udoedehe(2), Richard Anana(2), Larry Esin(1) and Austin Utuk(0) with 19 void votes

In his acceptance speech, the APC guber candidate thanked the delegates for staying by him despite intimidation and threats from other members of the party.

Udofia while extending a hand of fellowship to other aggrieved members promised to carry everyone along even as they looked forward to winning Akwa Ibom at the 2023 general elections.

“I thank God with the way you conducted yourselves. Most especially party faithful who despite all challenges, and intimidations from undemocratic forces, because the way certain people behaved today was certainly not anyway tenable in the life of an Akwa Ibom person. Akwa Ibom is a peaceful state and our people do not stand for anything not peaceful.

” I want to say that this is the beginning of a revolution. The Akwa Ibom APC have spoken very loud, you have indicated that true change will come to Akwa Ibom State come 2023. You have agreed that we are going to use our great party, the APC to institutionalize the dividends of democracy and it must cascade down to the last ward, to the last corner.

“We are going to build a greater Akwa Ibom State. It is going to be an enormous task but when I look at the resilience of each and every one of you party faithful, I know you are ready to join hands with me and together we are going to make Akwa Ibom a greater and better state.” He assured.

He commended the ex-minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio for his efforts at building the party and called for support for his presidential ambition.

State chairman of the party, Mr Stephen Ntukekpo had earlier commended delegates for their patience and commitment towards the progress and unity of the party.

Ntukekpo who commended the electoral committee for sticking to the constitution of the party tasked stakeholders to eschew selfish interests and work towards strengthening the party to enable it triumph in next year’s general elections in the state and country.

Akan Udofia emerges APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom