Following Governor Udom Emmanuel's refusal to fulfil his cash compensation to 25 governorship candidates who collapsed their political structures to him in the just concluded governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, the disappointed candidates may testify against him in the upcoming elections petition tribunal, which will sit in Uyo.
Speaking separately, the candidates disclosed that the state governor, a few days before his election, had promised to pay them N20m each, as compensation to offset the cost of their nomination forms and part of the electioneering campaign cost, as well as carry them along in terms of appointments and other forms of appreciation.
However, to their utmost surprise, they were given N2m, out of which they gave one of the governor's aides three hundred thousand naira (for clearance) and half a million naira to some chieftains of the PDP in the state, leaving them with less than a million naira each.
Narrating his ordeal, another candidate from Uyo senatorial district said he has abandoned his house for fear of possible attack by his party members and supporters, who believed the governor had given them something meaningful.
Speaking further, they said each time they called to remind the governor, he kept telling them he was very busy with official assignments.
Another candidate who spoke in the same vein, confided in our correspondent that he had to puncture his personal savings to buy a new car as his old car had broken down totally in the course of his campaigns. “My brother, I had to sell my property to buy this car just to create the impression that all is well. You know people will laugh at you and say you have become a beggar”.
In different interactions, they all submitted that if the governor did not fulfil his promise to enable them call their supporters and clean their images before them, they would testify against him at the tribunal.