A-Ibom 2015: 17 aspirants scramble to succeed Akpabio

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By TONY NYONG

UYO — No fewer than 17 aspirants of Akwa Ibom South, Eket Senatorial District, have indicated interest to join the race to succeed Governor Godswill Akpabio, with two years to the 2015 general elections.

Of the number, seven aspirants are from Eket federal constituency, six from Oron federal constituency and four from Ikot Abasi federal constituency.

Chairman of Akwa Ibom South (Eket) senatorial district Assembly, Chief Nduese Essien, dropped the hint at the third meeting of the body, weekend at Ekid Civic Centre.

Chief Essien, a former minister, said he was not surprised by the number of governorship aspirants emerging, noting that by the zoning principle of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, it was the turn of Eket senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.

He said: “If it is not by zoning, then it should be by rotation, equity, justice, fair play, good governance and all other known and unknown principles of human relationship and mutual co-existence.

‘’The 2015 governorship project of the district is real, hence the choice of governorship candidate must be one who is capable, competent and focused enough to make the district proud by improving upon the quality and tempo of the uncommon transformation witnessed in the state.

‘’It has become imperative for the district to organise itself in readiness to shoulder the heavy responsibility of the office. Governorship position is a high stake office for which the district cannot relax and take for granted.’’

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