The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again given indication that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom has no flagbearer for the 2023 gubernatorial poll.
INEC made this indication through a release of the governorship candidates’ list published by the commission and posted on its notice board at its office along Udo Udoma Avenue in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Wednesday.
The list signed by INEC’s Secretary, Rose Oriaran Anthony, indicates that Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bassey Albert Akpan of Young Democratic Party and Senator John James Akpanudoedehe of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) have been cleared to contest.
Others include Ekpo Ita Bassey of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ezekiel Nya Etok of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Iboro Otu Robert of the AAC.
In all, 36 governorship candidates drawn from 36 political parties are contesting the governorship election, according to the list published by the commission.Although the commission did not provide details on why the APC did not have a candidate for the governorship poll in Akwa Ibom State, checks, however, revealed that the party has been embroiled in an intra-party crisis which resulted in the governorship primaries held early this year to be conducted in two locations.