Erstwhile minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied offering a bribe in the form of a ministerial position to his political rival, Retired DIG of Police Udom Ekpoudom.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Ekpoudom had in an interview published in Sunday Punch had claimed to have won the Senatorial ticket of the APC for the Akwa Ibom North West District and went further to claim that Akpabio offered him a ministerial position for him to step down from the Senatorial contest.
Reacting through a statement issued by his spokesman, Jackson Udom, Akpbabio said:
“That Udom Ekpoudom was never the candidate of the APC for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and as such, there wouldn’t have been any reason(s) for him to be asked to step down for Senator Akpabio.
“That The Senatorial Primary, he claimed produced him as the candidate, is NOT recognized by the National Working Committee (NWC), which is the legally recognized body to organize such event.
“It is a known fact that Senatorial primaries of the party took place across the country on the 28th of May and not on the 27th of May, where he purportedly claimed he “emerged” the “candidate”
“The only recognised primary election for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, was the one ordered and supervised by the NWC of the party on the 28th of May.
“That It was Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo, who was declared winner of the primary, but because of security infractions which characterised the exercise, it was cancelled and a re-conduct of the exercise on the 9th of June, was ordered and conducted, where Senator Godswill Akpabio emerged the winner.
“There was no time and in fact, there wasn’t any need for anybody, not to talk of Senator Akpabio, to have asked Udom Ekpoudom to stepdown, when it is a known fact that he wasn’t and was never the candidate of the party at any point in time.
“We understand the frustration the former Police Chief is currently going through with his phantom senatorial candidacy. The frustration has made him to embark on a pity-party trip for cheap recognition and unmerited sympathy.”