Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tension ahead N/Assembly elections * PDP, APC, ors in final fight * Those with chances of victory

Tension ahead N/Assembly elections * PDP, APC, ors in final fight * Those with chances of victory

The National and  Presidential elec tions will definitely hold on Saturday, the day after tomorrow if the position of INEC is anything to go by. Preparations have been in top gear by both parties towards who clinches the day at the end of the polls whose results are expected to be announced within twenty four hours after the election.

For the forthcoming National Assembly elections, the PDP and APC seem to be in top contention for the job and if research conducted by our reporter is anything to go by, then the ruling party is in top gear to get victory at the National Assembly elections.

An opinion poll conducted by our reporter reveals that even though the APC is making deep penetration in the state, they may likely get victory for their candidate Barr Bassey Etienam at Eket Senatorial District. Former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chief Nelson Effiong of PDP stands no chance of defeating Etienam the APC man in a free and fair contest.

In Uyo Senatorial District, the former Gover norship aspirant in the state Obong Bassey Albert stands a better chance of victory ahead of his major opponent Hon Emman Obot. Obot is relying on the opposition strength to defeat OBA but Albert who has been a major boast for the younger generation will take the day at the end of the election.

In Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Governor Akpabio’s chances gets bigger by the day. Not because he has done so much but because the major election workers in the Senatorial District are behind him. Akpabio comes head to head with Inibehe Okori but at the end of the polls on Saturday, Akpabio looks set to get home victorious.

Tension ahead N/Assembly elections * PDP, APC, ors in final fight * Those with chances of victory

For the green Chambers, the PDP will have some sweet victories in Eket federal constituency with Deaconess Owoidighe Ekpoattai as the flagbearer. Her closest Challenger who hails from Onna and running on the platform of the APC has not been heard on campaigns. He is Ekere Afia and largely unknown. It is going to be a clean sweep for the PDP in Eket federal constituency.

In Ikot Ekpene Federal  constituency, the  battle appears to be between the PDP man Emmanuel Akpan and the DPP man Anny Asikpo. The people of Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara/ Essien Udim Federal constituency are bent on voting Anny Asikpo as the next member of the House of Representatives. Our reporter gathered that the people see Asikpo as a better option than Akpan whom they say is not a serious lawmaker. They described Emmanuel Akpan as one who will not represent the people well. They informed THE INK reporter that Anny Asikpo going into a free and fair contest will defeat Emmanuel Akpan. 

In Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency, after  several months of intense campaigning and lobbying by political parties and their candidates in a bid to gather votes and support of the electorates, the political terrain is now flooded with so much tension and anxiety, it is just three days to the Presidential and National Assembly general elections, the people of Ikot Abasi Federal constituency comprising three local governments, Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo will on Saturday join other parts of the country and head to the polls to elect a credible candidate that will be their mouth piece in the Green Chambers.  The election is expected to be sturdy and tough considering the heavy weight politicians that are in the race gunning for the lucrative position. 

In all of these, THE INK learnt that the odds appear to favour Chief (Dr) Charles Uduyok who is presently the local government Chairman of Eastern Obolo, he is young, focused and intelligent. His fan base cut cross the three local government areas of the federal constituency and beyond, Chief Uduyok, “Ono owo Mkpo” as fondly labeled by his mammoth supporters saw off the likes of Barr. Ekong Sampson and Hon Akpan Micah in the PDP primaries to cling the Party’s ticket, his victory at the primaries came as a huge surprise to many considering the fact that his local government is considered as “minority” in the federal constituency. He first indicated interest for the post in 2011, many said he won the elections but was asked to withdraw from the race for the incumbent House Member. He did just that and refused heading to court or defect from the ruling party.

In 2015, he came out again with full force  and this time victory was on his side, he was able to achieve this because he still maintained the structure that worked with him in 2011 and even widened the structure to include others who were not there in 2011.

Most political analysts have earmark him to emerge on Saturday, the PDP factor will surely come to play, and his good works for his people especially the elders, women, youths and students will be deciding factors too. Findings has confirmed that he will get bloc votes from his own local government of Eastern Obolo, he also has a strong fan base in Mkpat Enin local government, people say he will surely win in that local government area too, the only area that may prove hard for him is Ikot Abasi local government due to the fact that they have two candidates also vying for the same seat. This some analysts say will turn out to be a blessing in disguise for him. Without mincing words, it seems the time is right for FCU to reclaim his stolen mandate. 

The challenge posed by Akpan Micah appears to be an empty one as it is not even certain whether he is still in the race or not. Those close to the corridors of INEC hinted our reporter that Akpan Micah Umoh’s name is not in INEC register as a candidate of the Accord Party against the coming election billed for Saturday. But sources also contend that even if Akpan Micah Umoh is to stand election, he will lose woefully to the PDP candidate.

The battle on who emerges the next Federal lawmaker for Uyo federal constituency has ravaged on very seriously. The battle today appears to be a straight one between Samuel Effanga and the APC man at the House of Assembly Edwin Joseph. Some factors are militating against the victory of the APC candidate. The PDP man Mike Enyong is not in the least considered because of what some sources said his antecedents. The battle appears to favour Samuel Effanga who has touched so many in the grassroots. Effanga is being seen as the bridge builder for Uyo federal constituency. And he is in a strong footing to get victory on Saturday.

Oron Federal constituency is another that election will be tough. It appears to be a straight one between the APC man Robinson Uwak and the PDP man Nse Ekpenyong. The rate at which the opposition is biting harder in Oro nation gives Nse Ekpenyong some sleepless nights. But promoters of Ekpenyong believe that Nse Bruce will carry the day while that of Uwak feels the federal lawmaker’s antecedents will make a way for him. For observers of the event here, sources say, it is too close to call.

Etinan federal constituency is another constituency that the PDP may likely get victory. Ikon may not be popular but he has the luck that will see him through. The political power brokers in the area look set to offer him some help lines. His opponent who hails from Nsit Ubium and the incumbent member of the House of Representatives Dan Akpan has not worked hard enough to deserve victory. His candidature of the party is already in dispute as he has a court case to sort out with Thomas Thomas. Sources say Dan Akpan’s interest to the House of Representatives is not getting the backing of those who are supposed to bless that ambition. With the confusion in APC for the candidature of the party, Ikon looks set to get victory to the House of Representatives.

In Itu/Ibiono Federal constituency, the odds seem to favour the PDP flagbearer, Mr. Henry Archibong. The APC candidate is largely unknown and with the mien and disposition of the PDP candidate who is always calm and calculative, he looks set to win Saturday’s election.   

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