PDP primaries: A’Ibom Speaker defeats incumbent to pick House of Reps’ ticket

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The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke was on Wednesday declared winner of Etinan Federal Constituency’s primary election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to the state PDP chairman, Paul Ekpo, Luke polled 323 votes to defeat the incumbent, Mr Sam Ikon, who had 31 votes.

Another incumbent, Mr Mike Enyong, member representing Uyo federal constituency, won his party’s ticket with a total of 383 votes against his closest contender, Mr Godwin Harrison with 83 votes.

A contrasting situation, however, played out in Itu and Ibiono Ibom federal constituency as the incumbent, Mr Henry Archibong won the nomination with 162 votes against his closest rival and member representing Ibiono Ibom State constituency, Mr Ime Okon with a total no of 83 votes.

From Abak Federal Constituency, the immediate past commissioner for Information, Mr Aniekan Umanah won the party’s ticket with 251 votes against the member representing Abak state constituency, Mr Friday Iwok who polled 58 votes.

Two businessmen, Mr Unyime Idem and Emmanuel Ukpongudo, got tickets for Ukanafun and Ikono federal constituencies respectively.

The result as announced showed that Idem polled 160 votes and Ukpongudo polled 130 votes, defeating serving legislators to emerge winners with 160 and 130 votes respectively,

From Ikot Ekpene federal constituency, a former Akwa Ibom House of Assembly member, Mr Nsikak Ekong won the Ikot Ekpene federal Constituency with 375 votes.

Reacting to his victory, the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke dedicated his victory to the people of the federal constituency and pledged to work with his fellow contenders to better the lot of the people.

He advised members of the PDP to close ranks and work for the success of the party during the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

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