Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, and the Peoples Democratic party have stepped up efforts to strengthen their support base and galvanise the people in the state.
The recent move followed the lingering supremacy battle between the PDP and its opposition All Progressives Congress over who controls the state.
The party’s Integration and Harmonisation Committee, in a statement issued on Wednesday announced the commencement of the second phase of interactions with aggrieved stakeholders and other members of the party who had concerns over diverse issues in the party.
According to the statement signed by the committee secretary, Goddy Umoh, who is also the legal adviser to the party in the state, the second phase will “entertain complaints from individuals who have sent private petitions to the committee through its dedicated phone numbers, emails and website.”
The committee, headed by Patrick Ekpotu, former deputy governor of the state, was inaugurated by the governor in October.
It was charged with the responsibility of bringing together all aggrieved parties in the recently concluded primary elections in the state, with the aim of addressing their grouses, in order to present a united front in the coming 2019 governorship election.
Umoh revealed that the “Integration and Harmonisation Committee started interactions with stakeholders in the first set of local government areas on October 26.
In that first phase the committee received complaints from people from eight local government areas: Ikono, Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Itu, Nsot Ibom, Nsit Atai, Mkpat Enin and Uweoffong Oruko.”
Different interests that have met with the committee were said to have unburdened their grievances to the committee.