2019 Elections: Nana Udom would be our greatest challenge – APC
With the party primaries yet to be conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), the main opposition party in Akwa Ibom State – APC, has already expressed fear over the possibility of retaining the Ukanafun/ Oruk Anam federal constituency seat, should Deacon Nana Udom be given the ticket to fly the PDP’s flag at the general elections.
Facts gathered by Nigeria Today from the public opinion poll conducted at Ukanafun and Oruk Anam LGAs, revealed that Deacon Udom is the most endorsed Aspirant for the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam National Assembly seat.
One of the APC Ward Chairmen in Ukanafun LGA, who spoke with our correspondents, shortly after signing a communiqué against the third term ambition of Rt Hon Emmanuel Ukoette, issued by Ukanafun Forum of Ward Chairmen, has it that:
“We came here to sign a communiqué as APC Ward Chairmen in Ukanafun LGA, that the House of reps position has been zoned to Ukanafun LGA. We don’t know why Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ukoette who has performed below average for two terms would seek a third term. Such is not just a greedy act, it is an act that would make us in the APC lose the elections to the PDP.”
Another Chapter Chairman from Southern Ukanafun who pleaded anonymity opined thus,
“With the massive endorsement accorded to Nana, I am not sure that Rt Hon Emmanuel Ukoette, who is from Oruk Anam, can win elections for our party.
“Not just because the position is zoned to Ukanafun, but because Ukoette has underperformed, he is a red flag who has nothing to show as an achievement.
“The position is not just zoned to Ukanafun, it is zoned to Southern Afaha in Ukanafun LGA, and it is only Mr. Ubokobong Umoh that has the pedigree that can match the likes of Nana Udom.
He continued: “Nana would be a very hard nut to crack if the PDP gives him the ticket to fly the party’s Flag in 2019.
Our correspondent also gathered that the ruling party in the Federal Constituency (APC) has divided interest. While Oruk Anam APC stands with Rt Hon Emmanuel Ukoette, Ukanafun APC are comfortable with Ubokobong Umoh, who recently defected to the APC from the PDP
Should this decision persist till elections, then the PDP as a party would be cruising home with victory at the 2019 polls.
Youths and some PDP delegates in Oruk Anam Wards 4 and 5 (the subzone of the Council. Chairman and the AKS first lady) who spoke with our correspondent, stated that there is an attempt by the Elders of the area to impose a Candidate on them.
They condemned such actions, and also expressed their determination to vote for a man that is accessible, vibrant, young, eloquent, and above all, a man who can give them effective representation
According to them, Deacon Nana Udom has such qualities. They maintained that if PDP must reclaim the lost mandate at the federal constituency, then an Aspirant like Nana Udom should be given a chance to fly the party’s flag.
With just one week to the Parties Primaries, the political tension in the area is very high. With Aspirants intensifying relationship and romance with the delegates to ensure that victory at the Party primaries is ascertained.