By Isaac Job
Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon constitute reconciliation panels to pacify members aggrieved during primaries election in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking with newsmen at his residence in Onna local government area after the House of Assembly primaries conducted across 26 state constituencies on Sunday, Emmanuel said the new dawn brought by the Electoral Act will spring surprises in the country.
He stated that he had been telling party supporters that no two elections are the same adding that all aggrieved aspirants who are not comfortable with the conduct of the primary election as stipulated by law would be pacified through the reconciliation panel that will be inaugurated soon.
He observed that the amended Electoral Act has disqualified him as the governor and leader of the party from voting and urged the aspirants to accept the result of the primaries in good faith, The Trumpet gathered.
“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. he said. “Akwa Ibom is PDP and PDP is Akwa Ibom, I hope to immidiately set up a reconciliation committee for those of us feeling agrieved 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 reconsile and bring them back together.”
Meanwhile , one of the aspirants for AKwa Ibom South Senatorial District Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen said a group 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.
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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 of the refused because they are afraid to lost out in a free and fair competition. “
We approached the 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 He predicted that All Progressive Congress Party(APC) will take over the state if PDP would not adhere to electoral guidelines that regulate conduct of party primaries. He said PDP could respect internal democracy and it may bring down the party in AKwa Ibom state.