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Akwa Ibom 2015: Umana Albert, Attah others, plan parallel primaries

06 November 2014, 19:26 Jackson Udom

Ahead of the November 29 governorship primaries of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State, a group called the Grand Coalition said to be led by Obong Umana Okon Umana, a governorship aspirant have concluded plans to hold a parallel governorship primaries in Uyo on the same day.

In a meeting held in Abuja with a former Governor, Obong Victor Attah , Obong Ufot Ekaette, his wife and others, the group, it was learnt, took a cursory review of the political situation in the state and came to the conclusion that the best option for a member to emerge the governorship candidate of the party was to hold a parallel primary election.

A source at the meeting said though the original plan was to endorse Umana as a consensus candidate, other aspirants including Nsima Ekere, Helen Esuene and Bassey Albert rejected the move and opted for interested parties to file for nomination at the parallel primaries.

Obong Umana, who is the major sponsor of the coalition , before the Abuja event met with Bassey Albert at the Ibom Le-meridian and Golf resort appealing to the Ibiono Politician to step down for him.

Also read: PDP zone Akwa-Ibom governorship to Eket senatorial district 

The coalition who have also signed a communiqué against the sitting governor, Chief Dr Godswill Akpabio to the presidency alleged that the Governor intends to hold the primaries at the new Stadium in Uyo. The group also accused the governor in the seven point communiqué of not providing  a level playing field for all aspirants and also accused the Obong Paul Ekpo-led Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom of being biased.

When the information Unit of the presidency was reached on the outcome of the coalition meeting, one of the aides to the president said they were not aware of the communiqué adding that President Jonathan is ready to work with the leader of the party in Akwa Ibom State to bring a credible candidate from the State.

The Presidential aide also affirmed that the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party Governor’s Forum is a dependable ally of the Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

It would be recalled that Obong Victor Attah in 2006 led 30 chapter chairmen of the party, three hundred party elders, seventy youth leaders and one hundred and twenty women across the State to Abuja , with a signed communiqué and met with the then President Obasanjo who rejected their call for the substitution of Chief Dr Godswill Obot Akpabio as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate.

The people of Akwa Ibom have already bared their minds on the direction to go in 2015. During the town hall meeting, the people of Akwa Ibom State spoke with one voice that power must shift to Eket Senatorial District, as it was instituted by Obong Victor Attah in 2006 that power must rotate among the three Senatorial Districts in the State.

Recently, the same stakeholders had written a petition to the National Chairman of the PDP urging him to disregard the Paul Ekpo led executive committee and set up a care taker committee to run the party in the meantime.

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