The substituted chairmanship consensus candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Local Government elections in Uyo, Johnie Ndukkebong has dismissed claims that his substitution was based on his involvement in cultism.
Ndukkebong who made this known in a disclaimer he put up on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, noted that his substitution was out of political expediency and nothing more pretentious.
It would be recalled that the Ward 13 indigene of Uyo was substituted with Uwem Emmanuel Udo, two days after he won the Party primaries.
He maintained that he was not a cultist and could not have been suspended or changed for such reasons.
Describing recent publications alleging him to have been suspended for being a cultist as false, Ndukkebong warned the falsehood mongers to desist from peddling untrue information about him.
“The writer(s) do not enjoy my blessing and join other well-meaning Akwa lbomites to urge them to stop. I am fully in support of the fight against cultism as it is targeted at ridding the state of brigandage, armed robbery, kidnapping and other associated criminal activities”, he said.
“The PDP Local Government Primaries have come and gone and as a committed and loyal party man, I have no quarrel with the party decision. Indeed, I have since openly congratulated my brother and compatriot, Uwem Emmanuel Udo”.
“Let me also add that I was not substituted because of cultism because I am not a cultist. The substitution for the Uyo Chairmanship position of the PDP I believe was out of political expediency which is normal in our cline. I call on all party faithfuls to unite for the tasks ahead. On my part, I remain loyal to the party, the leader of the party Mr. Udom Emmanuel and the Akwa lbom State Government”, he stated.