The Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel has finally bowed to pressure from the state’s opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) for the use of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for the flag-off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Uyo.
Platinum NG had yesterday 24th of December, reported that the state government denied the President and the APC access to the stadium due to some maintenance related reasons expressed by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday, Ebong Uko.
However, a another statement coming from the Commissioner on the eve of Monday, 24th December, gave conditional approval for the stadium to be used for the presidential campaign rally.
The approval came barely few hours after the Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate), Senator Ita Enang, threatened that the APC would force its way into the 30,000 capacity stadium if the state government refused to accede to its request for the use of the facility.
The statement explained: “Following a decision by Julius Berger Plc to recall their staff from their scheduled holiday, the Akwa Ibom State Government has approved the use of the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo for the flag off of the President’s electioneering campaign on December 28, 2018.
Organisers of the rally are expected to meet with the stadium management to finalise this approval”.
Reacting to the approval, spokesperson of APC campaign council in the state, Eseme Eyiboh, said he was not aware of the development.
Eyiboh said Governor Udom Emmanuel was merely responding to a letter sent by the party to him insisting on the use of the stadium.