The candidate for Akwa Ibom South senatorial district on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Hon Ekong Sampson has lambasted his opponent of the Young Peoples Party(YPP) Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen for ignoring zoning arrangements by PDP in the area.
It was gathered that the YPP candidate for Akwa Ibom South senatorial district Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen had faulted the decision of the PDP in the senatorial district to zone the seat to Ikot Abasi federal constituency instead of Eket federal constituency where he hails from in the senatorial district.
In a statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of Ekong Sampson campaign Organisation Hon Essien Ndueso and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, the campaign team said the YPP candidate was in a meeting where the decision to zone the senate seat to Ikot Abasi federal Constituency was agreed.
It, therefore, wondered why YPP candidate could later turn back to jettisoned arrangements he was part not minding his previous commitment to the deal.
Inyangeyen, former chief of staff to governor Udom Emmanuel after defecting to YPP became the candidate of the party against the interest of the people of Akwa South senatorial district.
The statement stated that Inyangeyen attempted to cause a stir during the PDP campaign flag-off in the Senatorial Rally district through some spurious media publications in pursuit of his Senatorial ambition.
The statement reads in parts: “Following the successful conclusion of Senatorial rally in Eket senatorial district, a dismissed former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen attempted to cause a stir in a newspaper interview where he cried foul over an overwhelming decision by the people of Eket Senatorial District to zone the Senatorial seat to Ikot-Abasi Federal Constituency. In that interview he granted a national newspaper, he alleged that there has never been anything like zoning in Eket Senatorial District simply because his gubernatorial candidate Senator Bassey Albert did not win the gubernatorial ticket of PDP.
“He also alleged that zoning is death in Eket Senatorial District because the Presidential ticket was won by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. What manner of haughtiness.? ”
Ndueso explained that Inyangeyen has failed to know that Akwa Ibom south Senatorial District is bigger than one person as the decision of the people will prevail not the opinion of one person.
“What the YPP Senatorial candidate fails to understand is the fact that Akwa Ibom South (Eket)Senatorial District is bigger than a single individual and not even an arrogant or loquacious politician with zero regards for the elders and traditional institution in the district, can blackmail the entire district to dance to his dictate.
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He recalled that PDP had left its presidential ticket open to all Nigerians due to the peculiarities of the country which caused Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to emerge as the flag bearer.
“While Akparawa Ephraim Inyang cannot deny that he was at the special meeting of stakeholders and leaders of the senatorial district earlier this year, where the unanimous decision zoning the senatorial seat for 2023 goes to Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency was reached, he cannot also deny that his avid disposition to lawlessness and disregard to people’s sensitivity add another feather to his blossoming hat of arrogance.
“Once that decision on zoning was reached, every politician from other federal constituencies in the senatorial district, including the serving member of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Pat Ifon, opted to back out of the race. No reasonable person defies the collective decisions of his people.
He, therefore, warned the YPP senatorial candidate to understand the business of lawmaking outweighs personal interest and self-seeking ventures.
“It is high time someone makes Ephraim understand that the business of making good laws and representing one’s people far outweigh rascality and bullying, which are intrinsic traits of dictators and non-democratic elements whose last assignments in public space ended in shameful disengagement,” he said.
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