Bassey Albert

Bassey Albert

We recently spotted this interesting article on Facebook, written by one Nsemeke Udosen and we thought we should share it with you. Follow the trend of things happening recently in the Akwa Ibom Gubernatorial circle, we know you’d be quite interested in reading this article and also dropping a comment below! Take a look!

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Following the affirmation of the zoning of the 2015 governorship seat in Akwa Ibom to Eket senatorial district by the national working Committee of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, the camps of the two desperate front-line aspirants from Uyo senatorial district have been brought to a state of disillusionment .

In the midst of the confusion, our sources gathered that the shocked Umana Umana , who was in the company of one of his campaign directors in Abuja, Mr Mike Bush, shortly after reading the information on the scroll bar of the African Independent Television, AIT, made some calls to close personal assistants and members of his campaign committee.

It was alleged that all his efforts to get across to some members of the national working committee of the party in the Wadata plaza, who has in the past assured him of doing their utmost to frustrate Governor Godswill Akpabio from having his way, collapsed like a pack of cards as those he relied on ignored his calls.

Our sources alleged that Umana in his desperation had also called the Akwa Ibom state chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Dr. Amadu Attah to assist in working out modalities that would help him to get a waiver from the party as he would be joining the party to contest the governorship primaries on its platform before the party closes sales of nomination forms.

Though our source said it was not clear what Attah told Umana, it was likely that he would discuss the issue with the members of the state Executive Committee of the party especially since Senator John Akpanudoedeghe, who is the leader of the party in the state few days ago also picked the governorship nomination form.

In the case of Obong Bassey Albert, sources allegedly informed that after a closed door meeting with Mr. Udom Emmanuel , Akpabio who was sympathetic to Albert was alleged to have offered to give him soft landing by reaching out to management of the Zenith Bank Plc to consider Albert as a replacement for Udom as Assistant General Manager, North East zone.

Unconfirmed sources also told our reporters that Albert has also been offered the Senatorial ticket to battle senator Ita Enang who in the past pitched his tent with Umana against the zoning principles of the party.

It would be recalled that the National Working Committee in a press statement issued in Abuja and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh stated “After a review of the decision of the enlarged State Executive Committee of Akwa-Ibom state, the National Working committee (NWC) has accepted and fully endorsed the decision to zone the Akwa-Ibom state governorship position to Eket Senatorial Zone.
“Accordingly, the NWC expects that only aspirants from Eket Senatorial Zone will present themselves for the governorship primary election in the state. In the spirit of internal democracy, the NWC promises that there will be free, fair and transparent congresses. Aspirants from Eket Senatorial Zone are therefore encouraged to fully participate in the process”, the statement added.

In a related development, in a document signed by the former Governor, Obong Victor Attah, Atuekong Don Etiebet and Chief Edet Nkpubre stated “we thank the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, for admonishing the governors to go back and work with the members and stakeholders of the party in their various states to bring about popular and acceptable candidates who can win elections rather than try to bulldoze the party leadership into clearing the way for their anointed aspirants. Indeed, there is hope for our party.”

[+Nsemeke Udosen

Is this really the end of the governorship race for Bassey Albert and Umana Umana? What do you think? Drop your comment in the box below!

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