2019: Udom Moves Against Bassey Albert -Insists On Zoning


The quest of the Senator representing Uyo North West Senatorial District, Mr. Bassey Albert to return to the Red Chambers may well be a tall dream as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP hierarchy in the State has affirmed its decision to stand by zoning principles.
The leader of the Party in the State, Governor Udom Emmanuel had said recently that the zoning formula in the Party would be sacrosanct as the 2019 primaries approaches.
Udom, during an extra-ordinary meeting with Elders and chieftains of the PDP in which Senator Basey Albert was present, noted that the intention of maintaining the zoning arrangement by the Party in the State was to make the election less expensive while also reducing tension and rancor.
In his words “those who know that is it not the turn of your zone should wait for their turn as the Party will certainly give you opportunity to aspire. I promise I will not violate zoning structure of the Party, but the Party can streamline, but cannot violate.”
However, Senator Albert taking an apposite direction is said to be nursing an ambition to return to the Senate thereby trying to scuttle the already laid down zoning arrangement of the district where each federal constituency is given two terms each.
It would be recalled that Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency had Senator Ita Enang serving one term with Obong Bassey Albert serving the second term of the Federal Constituency and presently making frantic moves to give the federal constituency a third term to the detriment if the two other federal constituencies that make up Uyo Senatorial District.
A PDP stakeholder from Ibiono who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity said the ambition of the Senator only goes to show his insensitive deposition towards the other federal constituencies.
He informed our reporter that even though it is the turn for Ibiono Ibom to produce the representative for Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency, the Senator sensing that such emergence would thwart his inordinate ambition is supporting the present member who is from Itu to return to the National Assembly, all to distort the zoning arrangement.
Our source noted that it is the turn of Uyo Federal Constituency to produce Senator in the interest of justice and fairness and in respect to laid down zoning principles.
It was also gathered that the State Governor has given his nod to an apirant from Uyo Federal Constituency in a bid to ensure an equitable spread, for justice to prevail.



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