Former Police DIG throws weight behind APC Presidential candidate, Tinubu,
Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Udom Ekpoudom has thrown his weight behind the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other candidates contesting on the platform of the party in Akwa Ibom State.
They are senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom Northwest, Senator Godswill Akpabio and its governorship flag bearer, Obong Akan Udofia
Speaking to reporters yesterday, after a closed-door meeting at his Uyo home, Ekpoudom said: “I remain a bonafide member of the APC, contrary to insinuations that I had defected or was planning to defect to the opposition party. I am going nowhere. I will campaign for the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Akan Udofia and all other candidates of the party.”
Ekpoudom said his relationship with Akpabio predated his entry into politics and that what happened between him and the former governor was a break in communication.
He said: “Something happened that I didn’t understand but he has explained it to me today. We have sorted it out. I am supporting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself as my senator, Akan Udofia as governor and all other candidates of our party. I will not deviate from the principles of the party.”
Akpabio said immediately after the Supreme Court judgment that declared him the candidate, he made a decision that Ekpoudom’s house would be the first private residence he will visit.
Akpabio said: “He is not just an elder brother to me, but he happens to be a brother from the same kindred whom I am always pleased with. In what I may regard then as a factional disagreement in the APC, we ended up in court not because we’re quarrelling.”
The former Senate Minority leader added: “Even before the Supreme Court judgment, we have been trying to make peace but we both agreed that we allow the court to decide after which we would work together for the success of our party. He remains my brother. He is a man who does not forget small favours.
“He believes in transformation and development. He is not selfish. It is not a relationship that is borne out of politics but of mutual respect and we will not allow politics to divide us. Today we are together supporting the same candidates, Tinubu as our president, myself as the Senator, Akan Udofia as governor and others.”
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