Esit Eket Stakeholders Restate Support For Gov Emmanuel
…ADOPT ZONE A FOR FORTHCOMING CHAIRMANSHIP POSITION
The age-long peaceful and harmonious political clime in Esit Eket Local Government Area was again brought to the fore on Friday as stakeholders comprising party elders, youth leaders, and women of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), converged on Edo Village, home town of the political leader of Esit Eket, Elder Benjamin Udobia, to chart a course ahead of the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
At a well attended meeting, the stakeholders agreed to support Governor Emmanuel for two terms, running till 2023, and also agreed to abide by zoning in the forthcoming local government elections as advised by the Governor and the party leadership in the state.
The meeting further confirmed the zoning of the November 11, 2017 Chairmanship election to Zone A, a decision which was generally accepted by all the stakeholders.
Speaking, the convener and political leader of the area, Elder Ben Udobia, informed them that Governor Udom Emmanuel has concluded plans to kick start some road projects to open up the area to more economic opportunities, saying the projects will commence as soon as the heavy rains give way.
Elder Udobia thanked his people in Esit Eket for the unalloyed support given to Governor Emmanuel and the PDP, and assured them that the Governor is not relenting in his promises to the area, and the state in general.
The political leader who is also the MD/CEO of Eden Hotels limited Eket, who could not hide his joy over the recent Supreme Court victory given to Senator Ahmed Markkafi as the Caretaker Chairman of the PDP, assured that it holds the ace as the only party visible in Akwa Ibom State, and expressed hope that the party will soon return in 2019 to provide quality leadership at the center.
He further admonished all aspirants to be cautious of their expenses while campaigning to forestall unwarranted indebtedness, stressing that no position at the level is worth anybody mortgaging the wealth of his family.
“I want to advise all intending aspirants to desist from heavy spending so that if they fail, they won’t count their losses and get agitated. Even if they win, I want them to know that there has been a tremendous drop in revenue, and local governments are no longer getting huge revenue from the federation account. So in 3 years, one may realize that the amount he spent during campaigns can never be recovered.”
Elder Udobia recounted that the Governor has insisted on zoning to be strictly observed at all levels of the election, and called on all stakeholders to be properly guided by this call for justice and equity.
Corroborating the position of the political leader, Dr. Usoro Akpanusoh who represents Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, admitted that the Governor was planning big for the area in projects execution, and commended the political leader for always sacrificing his time and resources to sustain the existence of PDP in Esit Eket.
The House Member stressed that it was for the interest of Esit Eket to remain in PDP and support Governor Emmanuel for two terms as he continued to build capacity and enhance the economic base of the area.
On the issue of zoning, he advised that fair play, loyalty and party’s decision should be adhered by all contestants to give way for development and harmony.
Also Speaking, Elder Ibanga Etang; Pastor Victor Isangedighe, and Hon. Nkereuwem Akwaowo, Commissioner I in the Judiciary Services Commission, affirmed their support to the zoning arrangement and the need for low budget campaigns by contestants.
Others who spoke included the Chairman of the State Secondary Education Board, Hon Imoh Udobia, who called on all qualified aspirants from Zone A to prepare themselves ahead of the selection committee which will be constituted in tandem with zoning procedures and the party principles.
He admonished the contestants running down Esit Eket in a bad light to desist from such act of political calumny, while the women representative, Obongawan Grace Ikot, advocated support for women in the available positions.
On his part, the Transition Committee Chairman of Esit Eket, Hon. Iniobong Robson, commended Governor Emmanuel on his unprecedented developmental feats in the state, stressing that there won’t have been a governor so pragmatic and resolute than Governor Udom Emmanuel at a time like this.
The Transition chairman advised prospective leaders at the grassroots to understand that serving the interest of the people should be paramount in their minds even as the President General of Afigh Iwaad Ekid pledged the support of the youths to the entire decision of the elders on zoning.
High point of the event was the request for all aspirants to the chairmanship position to step forward and salute the gathering with only indigenes of Zone A coming out in total consonance with the zoning agreement.
In attendance were Pastor Isaiah Abia, Special Assistant to the Governor on Projects Monitoring, Comrade Enobong Harry, State PDP Youth Leader, Sir Samuel Itama and Akparawa Utitofon Edoho.
Others are Elder Anietie Elijah; Hon. Urua Urua Akpe; Mr. Ubong Akai; Hon. Grace Ekpo; Hon. Friday Ukpa; Jackson Jackson; Ebenghe Atakpa; Comrade Akan Etteudo; and others.