Young and intelligible Barrister, Ikpi Ubana Eyong from Ijom Council Ward of Ugep is the man to bear the People’s Democratic Party, PDP flag at Yakurr 1 State Constituency election next year not the incumbent representative, Hon. Nelson Ofem.
Cross River Daily News reports that, whereas the one-term House of Assembly member, Hon. Nelson Ofem who is of Idomi Council Ward was widely perceived to have rode home safely with the ticket after hijacking the entire party’s primary election process, he will now have only his under-performance in the House to blame as a late minute “politricks” by the steerers of the party have left him to only watch Assembly activities on television or read on the newspaper, since he was not to be a member of the 9th Assembly – against his dreams.
There are speculations in some quarters attributing Nelson’s setback to some sort of political myth asserting that because the opposition party in the Constituency, APC has its candidate from Ugep community which has about 4 council wards, if PDP throws thier candidacy to Idomi community which has only 1 council ward out of the 13 council wards in the Constituency, could cause the later lose not only the position but other relative votes if the Ugep people should consider themselves citizens of Ugep community first before Yakurr 1 constituency.
However politically reasonable the speculation is, Cross River Daily News was made to understands for certain that Nelson Ofem’s under-performance and reluctance to carry his constituents along was chiefly the reason his party opted to drop him.
“This time around we want candidates we can boldly take to the people for votes negotiation, not people who will bring a lot of questions to you when you try to negotiate for them. Nelson has really under-performed and does not deserve a second term. To be frank with you, if Nelson had made the best use of his first tenure, we all would have been comfortable working for him. It is not the Idomi or Ugep narrative that made him lose it. Or, when he won it at first, did he not contest with other candidates not-from Idomi? When you do well, the people stake their all for you, irrespective of where you come from – this is going to be the reality in 2019 and realizing it on time, we decided to make a swift adjust,” a major stakeholder of the party told Cross River Daily News on phone.