A fresh political crisis is in the offing in Ukanafun Local Government where politicians who call themselves stakeholders are daring the governor, Udom Emmanuel on the modalities for the election of candidates for the forth-coming local government elections.
Penultimate week, the governor, while on a visit to the local government had warned that he would cherish an open primary election to enable the emergence of a candidate from a neutral platform for the election.
In fact, he had said that he would not want a woman, a cultist or someone with allegiance to anybody, to emerge as candidate, so that at the end of the day, whoever wins would be seen as the right and proper person to run the volatile local government.
At that meeting, a member of the state house of assembly from the area, Mr Otobong Jonathan Akpan had responded before the governor, that stakeholders from the local government would meet and produce a candidate for the PDP.
His response did not go down well with the governor who had insisted that there should be an open primary election where someone will emerge by popular choice.
But on Sunday, the stakeholders assembled at the residence of one of the political gladiators from the local government where N100,000 was shared to each of the ward chairmen and then instructed on which of the eight aspirants they should select as candidate in what was seen as a mock primary election.
The ward chairmen were also promised some allowances on a monthly basis, the moment their preferred candidate got into office.
Present at the politician's residence were the eight aspirants-Twoweeks Umoh, Uwem Akpanuko, Godwin Sunday Ekpe, Johnson Josiah Ebong, Victoria Ukoh, Akan Ekpo, Nsibiet Ephraim Ebebe and Uko Okon Inyang.
At the end of the day, the stakeholders announced Inyang as the consensus candidate. They said the primary election will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017. They said the Monday primary would be a mere formality.
Their decision has already caused disaffection in the local government. Petitions have already been sent to the PDP hierarchy and to the governor, as some of the aspirants reject the outcome of the mock primary.
The consensus candidate, in a speech he delivered after the exercise acknowledged that from his nomination form to his campaign expenses, the costs were borne by some of the stakeholders.
While showing appreciation to those who have been funding his aspiration, he said he it would have been difficult for him to carry on because he had no money of his own to prosecute the campaigns.
Some of the aspirants have insisted that they won't allow the outcome of the primary election to stand.
This is coming just as the commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Nsikan Nkan has described the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in his ward as transparent, commending the people of Ward 3 Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government for ensuring a peaceful atmosphere during the primary election.
The commissioner stated this on Saturday during a chat with TNN immediately after the party's primary in his ward and attributed the peaceful conduct and the massive turnout of electorates to the election to constant enlightenment.
While thanking the youths for the peaceful conduct during and after the election, the commissioner advised losers to imbibe the spirit of oneness as they can only be one winner in a contest.
He urged them to be good players in the politics of the ward and eschew all forms of act that would threaten the peace of the area.
The keenly contested election saw Mr. Ubon Nathaniel being the flag bearer of the ward with a total of four hundred and ten votes while his opponents Mr. Sunday Etim and Mr. Ephraim scored a total of 258 and 390 votes respectively.