About twelve (12) incumbents in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who aspired to return to the floor have been defeated in the just concluded PDP House of Assembly primary election in Akwa Ibom State.
Out of the current 26 members of the State Assembly, 12 lost the party’s ticket at the primaries on Wednesday and the new candidates as well as the constituencies they represent included: Victor Ekwere- Mkpat Enin, Udeme Atong- Abak, Godwin Ekpo- Ibiono Ibom, Kufre Abasi Edidem- Itu, Charity Ido- Ukanafun, Asuquo Nnanna- Ikono, Anietie Ekah- Uyo, Otobong Bob- Nsit Ubium, Mfon Idung- Ika/Etim Ekpo, Esseh Umoh- Essien Udim, Okon Asuquo Frank- Mbo, Ifiok Udo- Nsit Ibom.
However, about fourteen incumbents won the tickets to fly the flag of their party in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
The candidates were: the Deputy speaker, Felicia Bassey-Okobo, Udo Kierian Akpan- Oruk Anam, Emmanuel Ekpenyong- Ini, Nse Essien- Onna, Aniekan Uko- Ibesikpo, Aniekan Bassey- Uruan, Idongesit Ntekpere- IkotEkpene/Obot Akara.
Others were: Usoro Akpanusoh-Esit Eket/Ibeno, Asukwo Archibong- Urue Offong/Uruko, David Lawrence- Eket.
Mark Esset- Nsit Atai, Aniefiok Dennis- Etinan, Uduak Ududoh- Ikot Abasi, Effiong Bassey- Oron Udung Uko.
In their various acceptance speeches, they pledged to represent their state constituencies well, they also called on other contestants who did not win the tickets to support them so that PDP will have a total victory in the state come 2019 general elections.