The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo, has described as false and unfounded rumours making the rounds that he was preparing to contest the Akwa Ibom North-East (Ikot Ekpene senatorial district) seat, come 2023.
This was contained in a press statement signed by his Chief press secretary, Mr. Ekikere Umo, yesterday in Uyo.
He explained further that such insinuations are fabrications of the writer and an attempt by the political jobbers to pitch the deputy governor against some political interest in the zone.
“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, MFR 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”.
The statement further explained, “That, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses F. Ekpo, MFR, 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 Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem to represent Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
“Furthermore, as an elder statesman, Mr. Moses Ekpo is more concerned about contributing his utmost towards the success of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Completion Agenda as well as 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.
“The public is therefore advised to discountenance any statements or publications to the contrary”.