The Senatorial flag bearer of the Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rt. Hon Bassey Etim has stated that the People’s Democratic Party PDP is setting up its Senatorial flag bearer for Uyo Senatorial District.
Bassey Etim who said only fairness and justice can ensure peaceful coexistence amongst the Ibibio people in the nine local government areas of the district, reasoned that the party is clear in its plan to humiliate Obong Bassey Albert with failure at the polls.
Bassey Etim believes the senatorial district which is the vote basket of Akwa Ibom State has been founded on the plank of equity, fairness and justice and would not deviate from known norms in the 2019 election.
Himself a two-term Representative of Uyo Federal Constituency at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Bassey Etim while chatting with newsmen recently, stated that Uyo Federal Constituency, being the landlord of Akwa Ibom government, deserves respect and should, at all times be treated with conscience, as far as fair play is concerned.
The popular business mogul who explained that with four local government areas of Uyo, Ibesikpo/Asutan, Uruan and Nsit Atai, Uyo Federal Constituency deserves justice, said Ibiono/Itu Federal Constituency and Etinan Federal Constituency have made their two terms appearances at the red Chambers in recent times.
According to him, Senator Effiong Bob of Etinan Federal Constituency went for two terms after Senator John James Akpanudoedehe of Uyo who served a single term of four years.
He added that Senator Ita Enang, having served for four years before the time of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, the two terms of Ibiono/Itu Federal Constituency have been completed.
He believes Uyo Federal Constituency must complete their turn of the two terms through his emergence in 2019.
His words, “Fairness is suffering; equity is questioned here. The zoning arrangement which started as far back as 1978 does not allow for term third in any of the three federal constituencies in Akwa Ibom South. PDP wants OBA out of the Senate; that’s why they have given him the ticket.
“Senator Bob tried the third term and he almost lost his life. Now that the PDP has given the ticket to OBA, you can see that the party is dying by the day. Uyo, the landlord of this senatorial district with four local governments has only been in the Senate for four years. Etinan with three local governments has served for eight years and Ibiono with only two local governments has completed it’s eight years. You can see why this insensitive action has caused depletion in the PDP”.
Etim who is known in the field of politics as Önö Ówó Ütöm 1 (first-class Giver of Jobs) recalled how he facilitated more than two thousand jobs for Akwa Ibom people during his eight years’ service as Uyo federal constituency representative.
He pointed out that the major challenge of government in recent times has been unemployment of qualified graduates all over Nigeria, thereby resulting to waste of human capital resources who invariably engage in unprofitable ventures.
Bassey Etim who express confidence that he will win the election convincingly, enthused that as a very creative and productive entrepreneur, his mission at the Senate is that of creating job opportunities where thousands of Akwa Ibom as well as Nigerian youths would be gainfully employed.
He called on all progressive minded and peace loving people of Uyo Senatorial District to rise in defence of justice and reject the candidacy of Obong Bassey Albert of the PDP which his, said does not conform with the expectations of the senatorial district.