By UbongAbasi Ise
Ahead of 2019 general elections, the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following its primaries election, has nominated candidates into various positions that will confront those on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, including other political parties.
Leading the pack is the incumbent state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel who is seeking reelection, while those vying for the senate seats include Senator Bassey Albert (Uyo Senatorial District), Dr. Chris Ekpenyong (Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District), and Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi (Eket Senatorial District).
Those contesting for seats in Federal House of Representatives include Onofiok Luke (Etinan Federal Constituency), Aniekan Umanah (Abak Federal Constituency), Michael Enyong (Uyo Federal Constituency), Unyime Idem (Ukanafun Federal Constituency), Nsikak Ekong (Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency), Pat Ifon (Eket Federal Constituency), Nse Ekpenyong (Oron Federal Constituency), Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo (Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency), Henry Archibong (Itu Federal Constituency) and Francis Uduyok (Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency).
On the side of the APC, materials for senate direct primary election was brought on Thursday evening by the Chairman of the primary election committee for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Yamah Momoh and were distributed to all the 31 local government areas and the 329 wards in the state.
Addressing the party stakeholders at APC secretariat in Uyo, Mr. Ini Okopido said why Momoh’s committee is directed to return for the legislative primaries in the state is because the panel performed creditably in the just concluded party’s gubernatorial primary election where Obong Nsima Ekere emerged overall winner.
It would be recalled that Obong Nsima Ekere had polled 160,458 to emerge the overall winner. He was closely followed by Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, who had 4,189 votes, with the former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, emerging third on the log scoring the total of 2,015 votes in his third outing as a governorship aspirant, while Dr. Edet Efretuei, trailed behind with 1,234 votes.
Mr. Ekere will square up against the incumbent governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel who will be flying PDP’s flag in next year’s gubernatorial race.