The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo, has denied eyeing any political office in the 2023 general elections.
Ekpo, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Ekikere Udoh, on Monday, refuted reports that he was nursing the ambition to run for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District seat in the National Assembly in 2023.
He stated that the reports are fake and misleading, asking those behind the reports to stop playing dirty politics with the intent to reap from it.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Office of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State has been drawn to a string of spurious reports fabricated and placed in some publications, insinuating that the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo, MFR, has declared intention to vie for the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District ticket in 2023.
“This is not only false but, represents a poor attempt by some political jobbers and outright miscreants to pitch His Excellency against some perceived political interests with the mischievous intent to please their paymasters while making financial capital out of the misadventure.”
The Deputy Governor reiterated that he has not shown interest nor plan on running for any political office at the end of his tenure as deputy governor.
Ekpo stated that he is more focused on contributing his quota towards the success of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s government and providing the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
He, however, asked the people of Akwa Ibom to be careful of some political jobbers who are planning to pitch him against some perceived political interest in the state.
“For the benefit of the general public, we hereby restate the obvious: That, the Deputy Governor, has neither indicated nor entertained the very thought of running for the Senate in 2023. Nor, has he given any thought to the idea of another political office at the end of his tenure.
“It is on record that at a recent political event at Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, he had openly endorsed the aspiration of Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem to represent Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
“Furthermore, as an elder statesman, Mr. Moses Ekpo is more concerned about contributing his utmost towards the success of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Completion Agenda as well as ensuring justice and equity in the distribution of political offices to deserving political blocs in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, structure.
“The public is therefore advised to discountenance any statements or publications to the contrary,” he said.