Barely four days to the conduct of the re-scheduled PDP ward congress on Saturday April 30, 2016, reports reaching The Sensor indicate that list of the would-be ward executive of the 329 wards in Akwa Ibom State had already been prepared by the party bigwigs in each of the wards.
Investigations by our reporter confirmed that PDP stakeholders in each ward had listed names of these they considered as their loyalists to constitute the ward executive ahead of the April, 29 congress.
According to the reports PDP stalwarts in each, ward were said to have shared the executive positions among themselves at secret meetings and were waiting to submit same to the committee that will oversee the conduct of the ward congress for harmonisation and approval.
It was further learnt that stakeholders in the party in each ward were allowed to nominate their preferred candidate for the executive position after the positions had been zoned to different group of villages within their wards.
Already, aggrieve of this scheming were reported to have protested to the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his intervention.
The Sensor had last week reported that the leadership of the ruling PDP in the state had perfected plans to impose preferred candidates as ward executive in the forth coming ward congress. Concerned PDP members who petitioned Governor Udom had noted that the coming congress would be a mere formality as none of the new executive member would be elected during the exercise.
It was observed that the unhealthy development within the PDP in Akwa Ibom State was contrary to assurances given by Governor Udom Emmanuel that he would promote internal democracy within the party in order to stop impunity and imposition during the election of party executives in the state.
Reacting to a question recently, the Special Adviser to the Governor on political and legislative Affairs, Mr. Anietie Etuk said Governor Udom would not tolerate any form of imposition, as he was committed to promoting internal democracy in order to rebuild the party.
Etuk stated that the governor had already told stakeholders and members of the PDP on the need for inclusive democracy in the forth-coming ward congress.
Meanwhile, Mr. Etuk has confirmed that the Akwa Ibom Stat government would not conduct local government election in June because of paucity of funds. His statement has confirmed The Sensor exclusive front page lead news of Monday, April 25, 2016 that there would not be local government election in the state. Speaking to newsmen in his office, Etuk said with the harsh economic situation in the country which has affected the state, government would not be able to hold council election.