Stakeholders in Eket have again resolved to abide on Governor Udom Emmanuel’s directive on zoning and the position already adopted by the State leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Accordingly, they have vowed to judiciously follow the existing zoning arrangement concerning the State House of Assembly in 2019, a position meant to be occupied by Okon zone of the area.
Our reporter gathered that in the wake of the current crisis rocking the 2019 State House of Assembly position in Eket State Constituency that is zoned to Okon geo-political zone, many concerned stakeholders in the state constituency have been reacting at various political fora.
The most recent was from a serving member of the state executive council who hails from one of the villages in Okon geo political zone.
In a meeting with stakeholders of the zone held at Okon on Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Commissioner said at the occasion that he was ready to relinquish his position instead of allowing the state House of Assembly position which is zoned to Okon geo political zone to elude the zone.
Eket has three geo political zones namely, Okon, Central and Urban zones, and the current occupant of the office David Lawrence is from Urban which had previously occupied the office through his immediate past predecessor, Mr. Ayang Ayang.
In compliance with the laid down zoning arrangement of political positions in which the stakeholders acknowledged has brought peace and harmony to the area since the days of Hon. Moses Ukpong from Okon who represented Eket in the House of Assembly in between 1999 and 2003, no lawmaker had served more than one term. In the spirit of the existing rotation principle in the area, from Moses Ukpong it was the turn of Rt. Hon. Jack Udota from Central geo-political zone who served from 2003 to 2011(served two terms), Hon. Ayang Anyang from Urban geopolitical zone represented the area between 2007 and 2011, and upon the expiration of his first term , the people of the area picked the current House of Assembly member, Hon. David Lawrence who hails from the same Urban zone to complete the second term for the zone.
Stakeholders of the area are poised to ensure than Okon zone takes its turn in 2019 and are alarmed by the allegations by the current house member that his re-election has been sanctioned by the Governor.
Dr. Dominic Ukpong, in his comment said that the governor has said no such thing as he is determined to ensure equity and justice in all parts of the state.
Some members of the state constituency who reacted over the matter told Global Pilot that they were ready to defend the existing zoning g arrangement which they noted has engendered a harmonious political environment and peaceful co-existence among the people of the oil city.