Uyo Senatorial District APC Elders Plot to Frustrate Nsima Ekere, Party in 2019.
While some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom state are strategizing on how to dislodge the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019, some notable elders of the Party (APC), mostly from Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District (USD) have already started plotting for 2023, our paper can authoritatively report.
A very reliable source who is in the know of the grand plot told our paper that the main target of the scheming is the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, His Excellency, Obong Nsima Ekere, who is one of the favorite contenders for the APC governorship ticket, come 2019.
Our source who is a very senior member of the APC from Akwa Ibom South –west (Eket) Senatorial District, told our correspondent that the game plan was to scuttle the party in the state so as to narrow its chances of winning the 2019 governorship election.
According to our source who pleaded not to be named for classified reason, their bone of contention was Obong Nsima Ekere’s alleged refusal to sign a one-term pact with the Uyo Senatorial APC stakeholders who see him (Ekere) as a threat to their chances of taking their (Uyo) turn in 2023.
Nsima Ekere hails from Eket Senatorial District (ESD), same as the sitting governor, Udom Emmanuel. Udom, who was elected in 2015, is entitled to a two term-tenure. The operational zoning system favors ESD in 2019, after Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts had their turns in 1999-2007 and 2007 -2015, respectively.
Speaking to our correspondent, our source also alleged that some of them have been delegated to have covert meetings with the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led PDP in the state on a possible deal that would see them (USD) succeed him in 2023, rather than allow Nsima from Eket seize power in 2019 with no guarantee of handing over in 2023.
He confided: “All these scheming is to cause problems in the APC in Akwa Ibom state so that Nsima Ekere, whom they see as a big threat to their 2023 ambition does not win. For now, they have seen that he (Nsima) has great chances of picking the APC ticket and possibly winning the 2019 governorship election in the state”.
Giving further details, our source who promised to reveal more as their game plans unfolded hinted further that he was annoyed to discover that some of them who claim to be ‘APC die-hards’ were in constant touch with PDP in the state.
“The so-called ‘peace talks’ in Akwa Ibom APC today is to further create enmity. They (Uyo Senatorial District APC Stakeholders) know that if the party remains united, Nsima Ekere may possibly pick the governorship ticket.
Their claim is that they don’t trust Nsima. In fact, during one of their ‘meeting before meeting’, some of them openly accused him (Nsima) of having a hidden agenda. They said he has a list (APC Exco list) different from what they asked him to forward to the party”.
Our source who also revealed that the leading promoters of the ‘APC peace talks’ are from USD, also hinted that one of the critical players in ‘the group’, whom he declined to give identity, had systematically encouraged nearly all of his supporters who accompanied him to the APC in 2015 to defect back to the PDP, adding that his continuous membership of APC was due to his current appointment at the federal level.
“Ask yourself, ‘why is it that over 90% (ninety percent) of those who have been promoting these peace talks are from Uyo Senatorial District’. You see the likes of Sen. John Udoedehe, Sen.
Ita Enang and Obong Umana Okon Umana, who are all interested in 2023 governorship. They now co-opt people like Otuekong Sunny Jackson, Dr. Friday Etuk, Sen. Aloysius Etok and few others into the plot.
They know that they cannot win in 2019 so they want to frustrate Nsima and the APC so that in 2023, one of them would become governor when it shall be their turn (Uyo) to produce governor.
One of the critical players in that group has systematically encouraged nearly all of his strong supporters who joined the APC with him in 2015 to return to the PDP. He is only in APC today because of his current appointment in the federal government”.
By Nduke Udobong