. Paul Ekpo, PDP Chairman, Akwa Ibom State, addressing party members in Itu local government secretariat, last week
By William EFFIONG
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Paul Ekpo, has said that the decision to maintain the party’s existing zoning formula in the forthcoming local government elections was generally accepted by the leadership of the party just like it was accepted in 2015 when the governorship seat was zoned to Eket senatorial district.
This was part of the message Obong Ekpo spread across the ten federal constituencies of the state, last week, while inaugurating the mobilisation, sensitization and advisory committees of the party.
Ekpo, a former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, added that the position of the party was supreme and had warned those already campaigning for elective offices to abide by the party’s guidelines.
He said, “In the entire 31 local government areas and 329 wards of the state, our elders have researched and looked at the way political issues, appointments and elective offices have been going on, and came up with what would bring stability and unity; and that is what is called zoning.
“This has been generally accepted, just like it was accepted in 2015 when the governorship seat was zoned to Eket senatorial district. And that is how today we have Mr Udom Emmanuel who has come to do well for our people”.
Ekpo, who was accompanied by other members of the State Executive Committee of the Party and other Government Officials during thelection tour, lauded members for keeping faith with the party, especially during the trying times of the leadership tussle that rocked the party at the national level.
He maintained that their steadfastness was a clear exhibition of their unalloyed love for PDP, which had helped to strengthen and enhance the spirit of togetherness amongst all members of the party.
Obong Ekpo, however, expressed satisfaction with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s leadership of the State, saying policies and programmes of his administration in areas of industrialisation, citizens empowerment and wealth creation at a time other state were groaning under the downward economic trends, had been legendary.
He enjoined the newly inaugurated committee members to mobilize all qualified party faithful for full participation in the on-going Voter’s registration Exercise and ensure that the PDP guidelines for the electioneering were observed to the later as the party was not willing to compromise standards in her choice of flag bearers.
Speaking on behalf of the Coordinators in Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency, Senator Bassey Albert commended the party for the confidence reposed on them and for giving them the platform to serve, assuring that they will work assiduously to ensure victory for the party in the upcoming local government elections.
At Etinan Federal Constituency, the Speaker Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, commended the party leadership for deeming them fit to be appointed into the committee with the mandate to reach out to all party members across the Constituency, promising to do the their best in delivering the constituency for the party.
Speaking on behalf of Co-ordinators in Uyo Federal Constituency, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk thanked the party leadership for the initiative of involving all stakeholders in the political process and commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for giving a new lease of life to the party in the state and promised to work for the success of the party.
Stakeholders including Senator Effiong Bob, Rt. Hon. Sam Ikon, Dr Henry Archibong, Dr. Iniobong Essien, Mr. Akan Okon, Prince Ekpe Atakpo, Engr. Billy Etuk among others asserted that, with this unique step taken by the party, PDP will coast to victory.
Members of the newly inaugurated Committees include all Appointed Coordinators, Secretaries, Chapter Executives, Ward Chairmen, Youth Council and Caucus Chairmen among other stakeholders.