IN THE NEWS: ABAK PDP STAKEHOLDERS PROFFERS PEACEFUL POWER SHARING
– Stakeholders commend Deputy Governor’s leadership
-Abak, Midim Clans to benefit from HOR & HOA seats respectively
……………..Stakeholders, mostly statutory delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak Local Government, Monday unanimously consented to zoning political offices for the area as the 2019 general election approaches, with Abak clan favoured to take the House of Representatives seat, while Midim clan is to field candidates for the State House of Assembly.
The meeting, which held at the Deputy Governor’s Lodge, had in attendance critical stakeholders from the 11 wards of Abak, as part of efforts by the leadership of the area to ensure equity and fairness in the political equation of the area, in keeping with the PDP’s strict policy of political integration.
Reminding the stakeholders on the need to ensure every part of Abak is fairly treated, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo noted that there was need for political actors to place the collective interest of the area above their personal interests, recounting political antecedent that shows the PDP as a just and equitable platform.
Mr. Ekpo restated the resolve of the Udom Emmanuel administration to ensure everyone is carried along in government programmes and policies, while advancing the need to strengthen the support base of the party in the area, to ensure massive victory for the governor and party in 2019, as appreciation for the much the area have benefitted from the current administration.
The Deputy Governor however acknowledged the need to promote democratic values of free choice, by allowing aspirants from other parts of Abak with credible pedigree to join the contest, as the decision on who flies the party flag rests on the delegates, whom he advised should be patriotic in their choices to ensure only the best emerges.
Justifying the choice of Abak and Midim clans, the stakeholders held that since return of democracy, Abak clan despite its political prominence in the politics of the area was yet to produce a National Assembly member, same with Midim, which is the only clan that has not produced a member of the State Assembly.
Some of the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with decision reached, and lauded the Deputy Governor’s fatherly disposition in addressing salient issues that could have generated political tension in the area, as they promised to abide by the zoning arrangements agreed at the meeting, as well as commit to working to ensure victory for PDP in next year’s elections.
It would be recalled that the last and only member of the House of Representatives from Abak since 1999 was the Late Obong Ezekiel Anaka; an indigene of Otoro clan, while Midim clan in 2014 lost her closest chance to the State Assembly to the incumbent House of Assembly member from Otoro clan, who is doing a second term.