LG polls: Protest in 2 LGAs as PDP organizes primaries in Akwa Ibom
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Akwa Ibom State Chapter held its local government primary elections on Monday to elect the party’s presidential candidates, ahead of the October 31 local government elections in the state.
The primaries were generally deemed peaceful due to the adoption of candidates by consensus in most areas of the local government except in Ibiono Ibom and Nsit Atai where there were pockets of protest due to the alleged imposition of candidates. on the population.
For Ibiono Ibom, the Ontopnaija correspondent who interacted with delegates who were still waiting at the scene even after all the other LGAs had concluded theirs, was informed by a delegate who longed for anonymity that there was an important power play by some key party men in the region.
It was gathered that an outgoing senator who had been pushing for a consensus candidate for the region came to the election site at Christ the Kings School located in Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, and announced to the population that Ibiono Ibom had adopted the outgoing President as a candidate of the consensus and his Vice and the only opponent to return as Vice.
But the majority of delegates, who were still awaiting documents to vote, insisted on an election. Delegates vowed to resist any form of taxation from anyone.
According to one of the delegates who pleaded for anonymity, “The senator came here and took away the list of delegates. He wants the incumbent president to return, but we insist on an election. Let them both stand for election to make way for a popular candidate to emerge ”.
Local government area returning officer Barr Ime Okon when contacted, however, said the process was underway as people were awaiting party instructions before the exercise began.
“We are awaiting instructions from the party. There are issues to be resolved with the party, but I firmly believe that we will still have a peaceful exercise, ”he said.
In Nsit Atai, it was reported that the deputy representing the constituency in the National Assembly, Mark Esset, had been kidnapped. But the incumbent and aspiring president debunked the rumor that this never happened, but was a ploy by detractors to sound a false alarm and create an atmosphere of fear and violence.
Previously, the President of the State Party, the Hon. Udo Ekpenyong had announced that the party was ready to hold peaceful and transparent elections, claiming that the party had met all the requirements necessary for peaceful and orderly congresses.
Ekpenyong told reporters that the party leadership ensures that due process is followed thoroughly according to the provisions of the Party constitution and will punish perpetrators of violent acts during primaries.
Therefore, to minimize tensions, the party earlier announced an arrangement to hold congresses of certain volatile councils at strategic locations in Uyo, including Uyo Sports Stadium, to ensure special attention to the security.