PDP Primaries: CLO Wants Open Contest, Kicks Against Zoning In Akwa Ibom
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) House of Assembly primaries on Wednesday, 18th May, 2022, a pro-democracy group in Akwa Ibom State has called on the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, to resolve the political impasse hampering the peace, unity and progress of the people of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
The call was made by the Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom Branch, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, in a Press Briefing in his office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, 19th May, 2022.
Comrade Franklyn Isong, himself an indigene of Mkpat Enin, had while fielding questions on the contentious issue of zoning of elective offices in the country, noted that he is not an advocate of zoning, because, according to him, zoning breeds mediocrity, incompetence and lack of development in the country.
The good governance advocate maintained that in the interest of development and good governance in the country, elective offices should be opened to all aspirants so that the delegates and electorate will have the better opportunity to elect the best amongst the aspirants.
Adding his voice to the zoning debates in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, the CLO boss said that he is not aware of the existence of any zoning in Mkpat Enin. He stated that in every election year, political parties’ primaries and general elections are usually contested for by aspirants from the four clans of Mkpat Enin.
He cautioned those using zoning to create tension, disunity and instability in Mkpat Enin to retrace their steps.
He asserted that information available to him indicated that the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power, Engr. Mmeyen Etukudo, have not used their positions in government and closeness to the Governor to unite the stakeholders and people of Mkpat Enin, as indigenes of Mkpat Enin, because of their stand on zoning of the House of Assembly seat.
Isong pointed out that as it stands, Eno Ibanga who is also the chairman of the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) of the PDP in Mkpat Enin, a political structure working for the succession plan of Governor Emmanuel cannot sit in a meeting with the Secretary of the MPM, Iniobong Akpan; House of Assembly member, Victor Ekwere; the PDP State Financial Secretary, Mfon Nkanteen; the PDP chapter chairman, Anietie Sunday and other stakeholders because of their political differences, adding that the MPM is a divided group in Mkpat Enin that is at war against itself because of personal and selfish interests of its headship.
Isong called on Governor Emmanuel to step into Mkpat Enin PDP impasse before the party’s House of Assembly primaries in order to resolve the issue permanently in the overall interest of the local government.