By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas Resources, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has grabbed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to re-contest for Uyo Senatorial district alias Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial district, seat of Akwa Ibom State at the National Assembly.
At the party primaries held at Uyo township stadium on Tuesday, Sen. Akpan got the ticket after scoring a total of 898 votes against four other contestants, including a-two term former lawmaker in the State House of Assembly, Barr. UsenObong Akpabio who scored 131 votes behind others who scored 36, 18 and zero votes respectively while two were void.
Declaring Akpan winner, Mr. Arthur Nwankwo, a member of the National Electoral Committee of the party said, “By the power conferred on the committee, Bassey Akpan having scored the highest number of votes and having fulfilled the requirements of the electoral law is hereby declared the winner”.
Responding, Senator Bassey Akpan said he was grateful to God, the leadership of the party and Governor Udom Emmanuel for their support in the course of the election.
He promised not to fail the people of the senatorial district and called on other contestants to join hands with him to win the elections for the party in 2019.
“I promise that I will not disappoint you. I believe it is on the basis of your satisfaction of my performances at the National Assembly that you have decided that one good turn deserves another.
“I reaffirm my total commitment towards reciprocating the love you have shown today. I want to assure you that this good work you have demonstrated will surely be rewarded. In this contest, there is no winner, no loser, we are all winners.
“I want to reassure Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district and those that contested with me that I will reach out to everyone to join hands with me to form a formidable team. God has assured us that in the coming election, the PDP will win.
“I accept the outcome of this primaries and I want to assure our political party that I will be a very formidable team in the 2019 election,” he said.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Mr. Paul Ekpo said he was pleased with the elections saying he promised the state free and fair elections and that is why he personally conducted and counted the votes.
Meanwhile, reports from Eket senatorial district revealed that a former Minister of Housing and Urban Renewal, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi won the ticket with 1175 votes while former deputy governor of the state, Dr Chris Ekpenyong picked for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district.
Eket primaries took place simultaneously with Uyo was held at Eket Divisional Police Headquarters while that of Ikot Ekpene took place Ikot Ekpene Stadium.
Results of primaries of the main opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC) were still collating as at when filling this reports.