Akwa Ibom 2019: Uyo Federal Constituency Elders Dare Bassey Albert
As the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom State continues to gather momentum, the Political Stakeholders of Uyo Federal Constituency have resolved that the senatorial seat is their birth right, considering the rotation system which has been followed over time, Sensor Newspaper reports.
This decision was reached during a meeting convened by the Political leader of the Federal constituency, Engr. Uwem Ita Etuk held at the conference hall of Uranus Hotel, Uyo.
In his opening remark, Engr. Uwem Ita Etuk thanked all who made it to the meeting and firstly raised the issue of voters registration, sighting a case study of the North-East which has about 18million voters so far, while the South-South is lagging behind and accumulatively not up to 9million. Hence he urged the stalwarts of the area to mobilise and get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in other to exercise their civic responsibility in the forthcoming election.
He further stated that the reason behind the meeting was to state that it was time for Uyo Federal Constituency to take up the Senatorial Seat and so far, he has been consulted by a few, and that the region parades one of the best candidates with great capacity to run the race in the 2019 polls.
However, out of the 9 local government areas that makes up the Senatorial District, only two federal constituencies namely Itu/Ibiono and Etinan/Nsit Ubium/Nsit Ibom have produced a senator, remaining Uyo Federal Constituency, considering the zoning system, he added.
The political leader of Uyo Federal Constituency reiterated that unnecessary bickering and pull-down syndrome among the members of the Federal Constituency is not politically healthy for the zone.
Otuekong Engr. Offiong Akpabio who is a stakeholder in the zone in his remark said that it is the turn of Uyo Federal Constituency, and this is for equity sake, else if the zoning system comes to an abrupt end, so many federal constituencies will suffer. “We need to unite and rise up to take over our rightful place. Hence, we seek the support of the other two federal constituencies in the senatorial district to produce a senator because it’s time for Uyo to win back its golden trophy”.
Another stakeholder, Mr. T. O Akpan in his words stated that the major thing for Uyo Federal Constituency to do is to return Udom Emmanuel for second term, while preparing Uyo Senatorial District for 2023 to take the seat of power in the State. He also asked that if there was anyone within the Federal Constituency who is aspiring for the office of a senator, let them come forward to declare their interest.
To also lend a voice to the issue raised, Barr. Usenobong Akpabio, a two time lawmaker in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and currently secretary, Akwa Ibom Airport said that as far as he is concerned, it is the birth right of Uyo Federal Constituency to have someone emerge as senator for the senatorial district and hitherto moved for a resolution that the zoning system has to be followed. “The people of Uyo have been marginalised for long, so let us come together and pursue one cause as a people”, he added.
Present at the meeting were Sir (Obong) Valentine Attah, Obong Ekpe Atakpo, Otuekong Raphael, Mrs. Ime Orok, Mr. Tony Akan amongst other stakeholders.
Others in attendance are State House Members that make up Uyo Federal Constituency and they include Elder Mark Esset – Nsit Atai, Mr. Aniekan Uko – Ibesikpo/Asutan, Mr Monday Eyo – Uyo and Mr. Aniekan Bassey – Uruan.