Mr Augustine Ntuk (left) and Mr Akan Udofia, after a solidarity meeting in Uyo.

Abasifreke Effiong, Uyo.

One of the aspirants who challenged the nomination of Mr Akan Udofia, Akwa Ibom governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Augustine Ntuk, has withdrawn his case at the Supreme Court against Mr Udofia and the APC.

The aspirant had asked the Court to nullify the nomination of Mr Udofia.

Speaking on Friday, 17th February in Uyo, Mr Ntuk said he has decided to withdraw the suit out of respect for the national leadership of the party and pledged to support APC in the forthcoming election.

In a solidarity speech, he said it is time to work together for peace, unity and redemption of Akwa Ibom State in 2023.

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“It is pertinent to state that my resolve to withdraw the suit challenging the governorship primaries pending at the Supreme Court in Abuja is borne out of my utmost respect for the national leadership of our party, unity and peace. Therefore, I hereby pledge my sincere support for the party during the forthcoming elections, February 25th and 11th March.”

“I have not withdrawn for the sake of withdrawing, but it is a decision taken after full consultation with my family, the party leaders both at the National and in the State. Since we cannot have two candidates at the same time and in every war, there is always time for peace. I have decided to give my full support to my brother and friend, Obong Akanimo Udofia as the Sole Gubernatorial Candidate for our dear party for the 2023 election.”

“There must be an end to every litigation, hence, I have instructed my lawyers to discontinue the suit at the Supreme Court, bearing in mind that the APC, we are one united family. It is time to work together for peace, unity and redemption of Akwa Ibom State.”

Ntuk paid tributes to the presidential candidate of the APC, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, leaders of the party at the national and in Akwa Ibom State who have worked together to unite the APC, calling on his supporters and the people of the State to vote for all candidates of the APC in the elections.