Warns against imposition
OBONG Victor Attah, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, has supported the zoning of the state’s governorship seat to Eket senatorial district.
Attah, who championed power shift from Uyo senatorial district to Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in 2006, has keyed into the popular push for the zoning of the governorship seat to Eket senatorial district which is the only senatorial district yet to produce a governor for the state.
Most of the governorship aspirants are from Eket senatorial district with Mr. Umana Umana, former secretary to state government and Obong Bassey Albert, former finance commissioner only aspirants from Uyo senatorial district, which governed Akwa Ibom through Attah from 1999 to 2007.
Attah, who broke his silence on political development in the state, spoke a reception for him by the Ibibio, the largest ethnic group in the state, and installation as the Ibibio leader at Asan Ibibio, Uyo.
Said he, “As I look round, I see a number of faces here that are aspiring to the high office of governor of this state. A large number of those aspirants are from Eket senatorial district. This should be expected because of sequential logic that after Uyo and Ikot Ekpene it should be Eket.”
But Attah warned against imposition, charging that “there must be a level playing field for all aspirants.”
While backing zoning, Attah also made a case for other factors to be taken into consideration in addition to zoning.