Support for the gubernatorial aspiration of the former Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Mr. Umana Okon Umana, increased at the weekend, as some top politicians joined his campaign group, Ibom Development Network, to work for success at the poll.
The latest support for Umana’s aspiration was from a former Health and Works Commissioner during Governor Victor Attah’s regime, Dr. Udoma Ekarika.
Ekarika was among the 58 governorship aspirants that contested the 2007 governorship primary of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, but he lost by a slim margin to Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Ekarika, a political chieftain of PDP, expressed happiness with the decision of the party at the national level to allow open, free and fair contest for the office of the governor and other positions for all aspirants; rather than the earlier campaign zoning system.
He said for the state to be at peace the burden is on Umana, pledging his support and noting that since everybody in the state is running around him to succeed he (Ekarika) has no option than to key into it.
“If it is the will of Akwa Ibom people for Umana to be the Governor in the state, nothing on earth can stop it, except God. His regime will provide participatory and inclusive governance. I have made up my mind to support Mr. Umana. I know I am a factor in the race”, he said.