2019 Guber: Abak Elders Reject Moses Ekpo As Running Mate -As Stakeholders Meeting End In Fiasco

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As the battle for the 2019 general election continue to gather momentum with governorship race in Akwa Ibom State being a major centre focus, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP elders in Abak Local Government Area have urged Governor Udom Emmanuel to replace the current Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo as his running mate if he really wants to get the support of Abak people in particular and the entire former Abak Five Division in general.
The demand, The Sensor authoritatively gathered, is coming on the heels of the plan to arm twist elders in the area to sign a prepared communiqué asking the governor to re-adopt him as his deputy.
The plan which the deputy governor’s foot soldiers have began work with contact to some elders with a promise of N100,000 each for whosoever will sign the communiqué, is said to have met a brick wall as they are said to have totally rejected the overture.
One of the elders who was contacted by the foot soldiers, told our correspondent in confidence that the rejection of Mr. Ekpo as Deputy Governor in 2019 is stemmed from the fact that Abak people have not in anyway benefited from the number two position, adding that Abak has missed out on other key political appointments simply because it has a number two citizen.
Another elder of the area who gave his name simply as Chief Umoabasi, said that the Deputy Governor was imposed on the people of Abak by the former governor, thus, the inability for him to touch the lives of the people positively. Chief Umoabasi noted that rather than make Mr. Ekpo to be running mate in 2019, another indigene of Abak who has the interest of Abak people at heart should be given the opportunity.
He blasted the proponents of the communiqué, describing them as enemies of progress who do not want Abak to progress.
But one of the architects of the yet to be released communiqué, told our correspondent that whether elders of Abak sign it or not, Mr. Ekpo will still be the running mate for Governor Udom Emmanuel, come 2019.
He said, “I can assure you that Mr. Moses Ekpo will still be Governor Udom’s running mate in next year election. They will have the nods of Abak elders when time comes.”
He, however, refused to comment on the N100,000 said to be ear-marked for each person that will sign the communiqué.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders meeting arranged by the Deputy Governor on Sunday at Government House, Uyo, ended in a fiasco.
The Sensor gathered that the meeting said to have been at the instance of the former Commissioner for Information and House of Representatives aspirant, Elder Aniekan Umanah, plotted to cajole the stakeholders on the zoning of State and National Assembly seats.
An insider at the meeting told The Sensor that stakeholders totally rejected zoning of the National Assembly seat to a particular bloc, that is, Abak urban, arguing that since Etim Ekpo and Ika have graciously supported that Abak to produce a representative, it should be opened to all aspirants to test their popularity, and not to scheme it to favour a particular person.
The insider also noted that there has never been a time that sub-zoning has been made in the politics of Abak as regards the National Assembly seat, noting that the plan to arm twist the stakeholders is “dead on arrival.”
“I can tell you that the meeting called by the Deputy Governor on Sunday at Government House ended in a fiasco. Stakeholders including the aspirants walked out of the Deputy Governor and Elder Aniekan Umanah who master minded it. As it has been the position of Abak elders, let all the aspirants go to the field and test their popularity,” he said.
It was also learnt that efforts by the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to intervene to impose a preferred aspirant as a PDP candidate for House of Representatives has also failed as some of the elders who visited the former governor at his Ukana country home shortly after the failed meeting, expressly told him to allow Abak people choose their flag bearer in a free contest, warning that anything contrary will spell doom for the Party in 2019.
It should be recalled that two previous attempts to deploy sub-zoning for Federal Constituency Seat in Abak has suffered rejection by the stakeholders.
In a related development, the chances for the immediate transition chairman of Abak, Barr. Emmanuel Udosen to secure the party ticket for Abak State Constituency under PDP has equally suffered a serious blow as the Party stakeholders have agreed to zone the seat to Abak urban.
The Sensor gathered that the stakeholders at the meeting noted that since the party chapter Chairman is from Midim bloc, there is no reason that House of Assembly seat should equally go to the bloc.
Barr. Udosen, it was learnt, is a preferred choice of the Deputy Governor and the former Information Commissioner, Elder Aniekan Umanah.
A source told The Sensor that aside the State and National Assembly seats, an attempt by the Deputy Governor to produce a preferred person in office has not been successful, citing a case of Sir Gabriel Etim who contested as council chairman, crashed like packs of cards. This, it was learnt is unconnected to the less popularity of the deputy governor said to have fist hands.

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  1. Is this how low The Sensor has degraded? You can’t gather news but base you publications on hearsay? You said the stakeholders meeting ended in a fiasco and yet the house of Assembly zoned to urban. Anyone reading this will know that it is a sponsored article.

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