By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
The entire youth council in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has held a summit to chart directions and sensitise the people on how to vote in the forthcoming elections.
The summit, organised by former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nsit Ibom Chapter, Obong Victor Umondak, took place at the Nsit Ibom Grammar School field, Afaha Offiong on Wednesday.
In his welcome speech, Obong Umondak thanked the people for coming out in their numbers, and charged them on the necessity to vote massively to return Governor Udom Emmanuel to office come 2nd March.
He said Nsit Ibom does not have any reason not to vote PDP following the superlative leadership quality of the Governor in the state, adding that anyone who votes Buhari and any other APC candidate does not appreciate the value of life.
Speaking, the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Obong Bassey Albert (OBA), stated that Governor Udom Emmanuel is the only leader that has genuinely taken Akwa Ibom State back to God.
In his words, “Just as God commanded the biblical Abraham to leave his father’s land to a strange land, and he obeyed, Governor Udom Emmanuel has heeded the clarion call from God to redeem the state from the dark days.
“My connection to Udom Emmanuel is highly spiritual, not based on any interest. I cannot betray Uyo Senatorial District even in the face of intimidation.”
On his part, Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Barr Onofiok Luke, assured the people of quality representation.
He said that Governor Udom Emmanuel is the only man who has defined the interest of Akwa Ibom people.
Barr Onofiok, who is vying to represent the people of Etinan Federal Constituency comprising of Etinan, Nsit Ubium and Nsit Ibom LGAs, said “I am a voice you can depend on. I’m ruled by the power of conviction. I believe in the capacity of Sen. Bassey Albert to represent Uyo people at the National Assembly.”
He charged the people to go out strong and vote for Udom Emmanuel and all other PDP candidates without any fear of intimidation, using their index finger.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Election Matters, Mr Inemesit Ubokudom, informed the people that Governor Udom Emmanuel has done exceedingly well in terms of infrastructure, industrialization, education etc, and that the only way to reciprocate his kind gesture is by voting massively to return him to office for second term.
The Nsit Ibom Council Chairman, Hon Eric Akpan; Chapter Chairman, Rt Hon (Deacon) Nsikak Ikpe, in their separate remarks, stated that the much touted Warsaw saw war and federal might approach won’t work in Nsit Ibom and Akwa Ibom State at large.
They stressed that anyone who has nothing to offer should withdraw from the election and go home to rest rather than plot to foment violence and disrupt the peaceful electoral process.
The summit also had in attendance the Leader of the Legislative council in the area, Hon Ekong Unam, councillors, supervisors, governor’s aides, and all political stakeholders in the area.