By our reporter
Ahead of the 2023 general elections in Akwa Ibom state, a pro-APC (All Progressives Congress) group has risen in support of zoning of the party’s State Chairmanship to Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial district of the state.
Acting under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Progressives’ Association, APA, the group which further canvassed for the micro-zoning of State Chairmanship to Ukanafun local government area, noted that such zoning was panacea for victory for the main opposition party in the state.
In a release jointly signed by its State Coordinator; Mr. Friday Udoiden and Secretary General; Grace Udokang, APA maintained that Speakership of the State House of Assembly should be zoned to Ikot Ekpene/obot Akara/ Essien Udim Federal Constituency, since Akwa Ibom Northeast (Uyo) Senatorial District would produce governor of the state, come 2023.
The release reads “Governor — Uyo Senatorial District (USD)
“Deputy Governor— Eket Senatorial District ESD( Oron axis) & Secretary to the State Government, SSG, zoned to Eket axis.
“APC State Chairmanship and House Of Assembly Speaker —- Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (ISD)”.
Going memory lane, APA noted “1st APC Chairmanship was zoned to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district (comprising Abak & Ikot Ekpene Zones). Abak has two Federal Constituencies ie Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency & Abak/Etim Ekpo / Ika Federal Constituency.
“1st Chairman was Dr Amadu Atai ( Oruk Anam).
“2nd Chairman was Ini Okopido (Ika), therefore, APC State Chairmanship returns to Ukanafun naturally, while the Senate position goes to Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika.
“Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara/ Essien Udim Federal Constituency takes House Of Assembly Speaker”.