2019 Uyo Senatorial Seat: Bassey Albert Jittery As Usenobong Akpabio Joins Race
As the intrigues towards the 2019 Uyo Senatorial District elections continue to gather momentum, stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have continued to align their interest and support towards a more acceptable candidate even as the State Governor and the leadership of the Party in the State have pledged to stick to the principles of zoning for political offices.
Feelers in some quarters has it that the present Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Mr. Bassey Albert (OBA) is already running from pillar to post as the zoning formula is totally out of his favour as Ibiono Ibom nay Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency has already served two terms where he is completing the one term served by his predecessor, Senator Ita Solomon Enang.
Bassey Albert is also said to be having sleepless nights as a cerebral lawmaker, Barr Usenobong Akpabio is said to have joined the race who according to reports, has the backing of the Party and powers that be in the State added to that fact that the position has been zoned to Uyo Federal Constituency with Uruan and Ibesikpo Asutan to present aspirants.
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Some Party stakeholders who spoke to our reporter described Barr Usenobong Akpabio who had served for two terms representing Uruan State Constituency, in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as a stabilizing force and being very acceptable in the local government areas that make up the Senatorial District.
A government house source who also spoke to our reporter said that Barr Akpabio has the backing of the State governor as according to him, the governor was not comfortable with OBA, him being loyal to former Godswill Akpabio hence his determination to ensure that he doesn’t return to the Red Chambers.
Recently, the state caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party held a strategic meeting in the banquet hall of the Government House in Uyo. Arising from that meeting, a communiqué which contained the resolutions of the party was read on behalf of the caucus by the state Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo.
It is pertinent to note that amongst decisions taken; the party reaffirmed her belief and need to strictly enforce the zoning/rotation principle on all elective positions and directed all the organs and leadership of the party to implement it fully in all constituencies.
Some days after, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel while addressing party faithfuls at the state party secretariat along Edet Akpan Avenue in the state capital, assured party faithfuls that as a beneficiary of zoning, he will stand by the zoning principle of the party and urged them to adhere to it.
He also refuted claims of endorsement and stated that he has not endorsed anyone for any position in the forthcoming 2019 elections.