Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel says he is declaring his intention to run for a second term on Friday August 24, 2018.
He has challenged those speaking ills of him to come up openly as he was ready to spend his personal resources to hire international, national and local media to present facts to the world.
At the grand endorsement rally in his honour at Onna Sports Stadium on Monday, Emmanuel said only such avenue would convince the whole world about who is who in the state.
Obviously responding to Senator Akpabio’s weekend remarks, declaring his choice of successor a mistake, Emmanuel added: “I have heard things, and I want to challenge anyone who thinks he has the truth to come out, I will use my personal money to hire CNN and other international media, AIT, Channels, NTA and AKBC, let’s present facts to Nigerians, let’s see who would tell the truth and who will also tell a lie.
“However, the issue on ground is Akwa Ibom, it’s about the development of this state, it’s about our children in public schools who are excelling in international competitions, it’s about the price of garri that we have drastically dropped, it’s about the unity of this state which we believe in.”
Meanwhile Faction Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State, Dr Udoma Bob Ekarika, and a onetime governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP has defected back to PDP.
Also to abandon the state chapter of the APC is the Deputy Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Emmanuel Udoh and the 2015 Director General of the Party’s campaign organization, Obongifiok Annie Asikpo.