Why Paul Ekpo withdrew from Senate race:
On Saturday, the former State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo withdrew from Uyo Senatorial District race.
In other to know Why Paul Ekpo withdrew from Senate race, our findings indicated that the former PDP chairman was persuaded by Governor Udom Emmanuel to withdraw from the race to support Umo Eno.
It can be recalled that there were arguments in some quarters on why Etinan Federal Constituency should produce a preferred Governorship aspirant and also gun for Senate seat, a situation that did not augur well for the people of Uyo Federal Constituency who claim it is their turn to occupy the Senate seat
Paul Ekpo, described by many as a PDP unifier, was said not to have argued with Governor but rather surrendered for peace to reign.
In other too learn why Paul Ekpo withdrew from Senate race, It can be recalled that Obong Paul Ekpo on Thursday last week had bought expression of interest and nominations forms in Abuja to enable him contest the May 14, 2022 primary of PDP.
A source in government house said, “The governor met him today after his meeting with the PDP ward chairmen at Government House. He presented his forms to the governor. The governor responded by saying ‘Paul my brother, I know I asked you to run for the election. But I didn’t envisage that my successor would come from same Federal Constituency as you’. The governor also told him that he has been under intense pressure from the people of Uyo Federal Constituency who have genuine agitation that they should produce the next senator.
“The governor’s preferred aspirant for the guber seat, Pastor Umo Eno was there during the brief discussion”.
Those currently in the Uyo senate race include Speaker of the state assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, two-term former Member of the assembly representing Uruan, Rt. Hon. Usenobong Akpabio, former State Chairman of PDP, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, among other lesser known aspirants.
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