Jubilation greeted the streets of Eket Local Government Area on news of Hon. Akaniyene Tommey’s successful screening and clearance by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the Chairmanship primaries.

The Screening exercise which saw many heavyweights end their Chairmanship aspirations left imprints on the political landscape with over eight (8) sitting chairmen disqualified from their second term bids.

Last Minute attempts in Eket by a relatively unknown aspirant, David Umem against Akaniyene Tommey popularly known as Alaba, fell like a pack of cards.

It was gathered that David Umem attempted to use the aquaintance he made with a former President of Nigeria to blackmail PDP in the state into doing his bid but he failed.

Eket which is Akwa Ibom’s second largest city is ecstatic about the successful screening and clearance of Akaniyene Tommey.

High Chief William Mkpah from Ibeno emerged as the only cleared chairmanship aspirant from oil rich local Government Area, while Iniobong Robson from Esit Eket looks set to clinch his second term deal, especially with his position as the ALGON chairman.

High Chief Williams Henry Mkpah

Not much is different in Onna where Iniabasi Ekanem candidature was favoured ahead of that of Ubong Uquang who was disqualified by the party.

Other unopposed candidates are Mr. Aniekpon Ekpo from Mkpat Enin, Odion Abraham Mathais from Eastern Obolo, Eyo Asuqwo Effiong from Mbo, Paul Joshua Affia from Ikot Abasi, Afia Ime Paul from Etim Ekpo, Mrs Agnes Cosmas Udoenwrenwen from Obot Akara, Unyime Etim from Ikot Ekpene, Okoibu Uwemedimoh Nyakno from Ikono, Malachi Malachi Ukpe from Ika, Johnnie Udukeobong from Uyo, Surv. Iniobong Effiong from Uruan, Emem Ibanga from Nsit Atai, Etetim Onuk of ITU, Iniobong Aloysius Orok of Nsit Ubuim.

In a related development, the ambition of numerous local government chairmen to return for a second term has hit the rocks. Chairmen who have been disqualified include Ekanem Brown of Mkpat Enin, Udeme Eduo of Etim Ekpo, Itoro Columba of Ikono, Ubong Idiong of Oruk Anam, Udemeobong Bassey of Nsit Ubuim, Imoh Williams of Abak, Anthony Udousung of Ika, Umana Effombruh from Urueffong Oruko.

Investigation shows that most of these Chairmen have proceeded to the appeal panel set up by the PDP at the party headquarters to appeal their disqualification and see if there is any hope of them being cleared to participate in the upcoming Local Government Chairmanship primaries.


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