Ahead of the 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, the camps of the duo of Umana Okon Umana and Bassey Albert, both of Uyo Senatorial District, and aspirants to the governorship seat of the state against the people’s resolve to support power shift to Eket Senatorial District, are already experiencing massive rejection and abandonment by their supporters, who are reportedly leaving in droves.
This is coming days after a reception the duo organized at Asan Ibibio grounds, under the guise of Elders of the Ibibio Ethnic Nationality, in honour of the former governor of the state, Obong (Arc) Victor Attah.
Sources close to both camps have it that since the pronouncement in support of power shift to Eket Senatorial District by former Governor Attah, at the event, the duo of Albert and Umana have not had it easy, as they are striving day and night to convince the people that Attah never meant to endorse zoning.
Thegazellenews.com discovered that a key supporter of Bassey Albert who prefers anonymity for fear of attack by political thugs loyal to the governorship aspirant, said it was disheartening and embarrassing that they were hoodwinked by the report that ex-Governor Attah was in support of a governor from the Uyo Senatorial District extraction by their principal, only for them to discover that the former Governor will be firm and truthful in his support for a Governor from Eket Senatorial District.
Also a visibly angry supporter of Umana Okon Umana, who simply gave his name as Ephraim Ekong, said he was disappointed that Umana could mislead them into believing that the former Governor was not comfortable with having a governor from the Eket Senatorial District of the state.
Obong Victor Attah during his speech, penultimate Friday, said “consequential logic requires that Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts having taken shots at the governorship of the state, it expected that Eket District should produce the next Governor….’
It is widely reported that Albert and Umana are regretting sponsoring the event as it has cost them the support they previously enjoyed, even as desperate attempts by the duo to misrepresent the elder statesman’s position on zoning of governorship in the state to Eket Senatorial District, has been widely rebuffed by their supporters, who now said they have heard from the horse’s mouth.
With the recent development, it could be said that the reign of lies, blackmail and deceit against the Eket Senatorial District’s governorship bid is gravitating to an end.
Thegazellenews.com’s investigation revealed that the campaign offices of Umana and Albert, which used to be a beehive of activities have been deserted.
Efforts to speak to the Director Generals of their campaign groups were unsuccessful as calls and text messages to their mobile phones were not responded to as at the time of this report.