This occurred after it was reported that political thugs allegedly invaded the APC secretariat and carted away election supplies and in addition destroyed a police automobile.
Some areas in the state capital, Uyo, had been reported to have been taken over by the thugs, who many suspect are working for one of many governorship aspirants of the get together.
The first election is a straight battle between Senator Akpan Udoedehe and the managing director, Niger Delta Improvement Fee, Obong Nsima Ekere.
Under is the launched assertion:-
The Governorship primaries of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has ended in a stalemate. The get together had agreed on direct main format to selected its flag bearer to signify the get together in subsequent yr’s governorship elections.
Based on experiences, get together chieftains had gathered on the state get together secretariat alongside Ikot Ekpene street to high-quality tune final minute preparations and assortment of supplies.
An argument ensued between the Senior Particular Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on Nationwide Meeting Issues, Senator Ita Enang and former Minister of State, FCT, Senator John Akpan Udoedeghe which led to trade of blows.
Eyewitnesses stated Udoedeghe held senator Ita Enang by the shirt and unleashed a slap on his proper cheek earlier than trying to kick him on the thigh. Enang nonetheless remained calm as get together chieftains intervened in the trade.
Udoedehe, an aspirant accused Enang of conniving with Senator Akpabio and NDDC MD, Nsima Ekere to hijack supplies meant for distribution to ward centres and as an alternative presenting pretend supplies.
In the meantime, experiences say that at about 3pm, gunshots had been heard at Major faculty, Afaha Offot, Uyo and supplies taken away by gunmen. Atleast 2 individuals had been feared useless after gunshots had been additionally heard close to the APC state secretariat alongside Ikot Ekpene street, Uyo.