Mayor Akbar may seek re-election unopposed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 September 2012 14:13

Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar will most likely seek her last term in office un-opposed after a covenant was signed on Thursday between her and the city’s Vice Mayor Ajibon “Panther” Abdulbaki, who was reportedly running for mayor come 2013 election.

In the said covenant, both partiesagreed to seek the same position in next year’s election and agreed  never to endorse or support any candidates who wish to run either against Akbar or against Abdulbaki.

Talks have been going around in Isabela City that Abdulbaki may be endorsed by some sectors to run against Akbar because of his reported discontentment but this was clarified Thursday during the signing of the covenant.

On May this year, Abdulbaki was on his way home after a session at the Isabela City Council when a bomb exploded causing minor damage to his vehicle. No one was hurt in the incident.

The bomb exploded along the road near Akbar ‘s house. The incident almost caused tension between the group of Abdulbaki and that of the lady mayor.

Mayor Akbar denied that she is in conflict with the vice mayor as she claimed that she and Abdulbaki have been consistently discussing issues for the good of the city.

“We have been working harmoniously for Isabela. However, we cannot discount any possibility that a third party is involved only to destroy our good relationship. I respect him and for sure, he also respects my leadership,” Akbar said.

In order to erase doubts about their alleged political squabble, Akbar said she initiated the move for both of them to come up with a covenant as far as their political plans is concerned.

“The signing of the covenant would send a strong signal to our detractors. Instead of creating scenario that would only bring negative image for Isabela, why don’t you do something to contribute for the good of our place,” Mayor Akbar said.

While Akbar may run unopposed, Abdulbaki’s position could be contested by another Isabeleno, Bobby Reynera, a prominent personality who developed the famous Malamawi White Beach in Malamawi Island, Isabela City. — Jimmy Villaflores