From Mike Etim, Uyo
Former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom state under the platform of PDP, Engr. Chris Ekpenyong, has advised Governor Godswill Akpabio not to depend on the outcome of the recent concluded Town Hall Meeting in pursing his succession plan.
This is just as the state Commissioner for Transport, Prince Godwin Ntukude, urged the people of the state to adhere to the directives of the Governor on the issue of zoning to pick his successor.
Both men spoke at different fora over the weekend in Uyo as the issue of who succeeds Akpabio in 2015 seem to be tearing the party apart.
The commissioner, while speaking at a get-to-gether party organized by “one for eight initiative,” a socio political group in the state, said Akpabio had at various public outings given direction on where the next governor should come from and that the people of the state should follow the direction.
He urged the people to encourage other citizens of the state to imbibe the spirit of zoning of governorship position to Eket Senatorial District.
He emphasized that Akwa Ibom state is made up of three senatorial districts and that if power does not shift to Eket, it will amount to “injustice, cheat and immoral.”
Recalling how the issue of zoning started in Akwa Ibom State in 2007, the former Deputy Governor, who served under Obong Victor Attah from 1999 to 2006 before he was dropped, maintained that it was the elders of the state who took decision on zoning and not the crowd in the market.
He pointed out that Akpabio alone could not decide on who succeeds him adding that it was the duty of the elders of the state to come together to take such a vital decision.
Speaking further, Ekpenyong remarked “Akwa Ibom is more or less a one party state and we are conservative and progressive. So, we will look at those gearing up to be Governor and know who can deliver; who will put smiles on the faces of the people; who will put food on our table; who will ensure that free and compulsory education is a reality and will not stop with the tenure of Chief Godswill Akpabio; who will ensure that the hospitals are still working. These are the things and he can’t decide alone. It is not in the hand clapping and jumping. It is elders of the state that will do it.”