Opposition parties under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Political Parties’ (AKPP) have commended Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for running an all-inclusive government in the state.
Rising from their meeting held at La mems Hotel, Uyo, the chairmen resolved to work with the Governor Emmanuel-led administration with a view to delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
At the media briefing held at the Labour Party (LP) secretariat in Uyo, the state capital, the chairman of Accord Party (AP), Hon Joe Itiaba, who read the communiqué on behalf of 17 others, reeled out some far-reaching resolutions.
The opposition leaders thanked the governor for the drive to industrialize the state, but rejected the appointment of one of their own, Mr. Lawrence Udoh, of the Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), as the Special Assistant (SA) to the Governor on Inter-Party Affairs.
After the Supreme Court victory, which re-affirmed his election as the governor, Udom had extended his hands of fellowship to the opposition, pledging to run an-all-inclusive government.
A fall-out of this was the appointment of Comrade Udoh, former chairman of MPPP, as one of the aides in-charge of Inter-Party affairs, who the chairmen rejected.
According to them, the choice of Udoh was a sole decision taken by the state PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, without ratification by the forum, adding that the leadership of the group had since stopped doing business with him, unless he was removed.
Aside some allegations bothering on fraud and names-dropping-to curry political favour from the government, the chairmen accused Udoh of bringing disunity among political parties in the state.