2019: Oruk/Anam youths reject Udo Kierian’s third term bid

* Oruk/Anam youths at the Akwa Ibom State Government House, yesterday

By Effiong WILLIAM

Youth groups from Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom state have kicked against the third term aspiration of their lawmaker in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Udo Kierian Akpan.

The groups including the Youth Council of Nigeria (YCN), Dakkada Youths, Christian Youths and Village Youths Council from the area asked Mr Akpan to throw away his third term agenda.

Members of the groups who carried placards with different inscriptions written on them, and numbering more than 50, gathered at the state Government House on Friday, to register their grievances.

Although the youths did not say who they are supporting to replace Mr Kierian Akpan by next year, but they asked the lawmaker, who is currently the House Leader, to withdraw from the race at the end of his tenure in 2019, with some threatening to truncate his ambition on the grounds that he had served them for eight years without commensurate results.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Oruk Anam people reject Udo Kierian’s 3rd term ambition. 2019 is Oruk’s turn. In zoning we stand”, “Spending 12 years in the state house of assembly does not equal effective representation. Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan no third term for you”, and “Oruk Anam people want another representative in the state House. Udo Kierian Akpan, your tenure has elapsed. Go home, no third term”.

The youths led by the chairman of Village Youths Council in Oruk/Anam, Caleb Sylvanus Albert, the Youths Caucus Chairman of the area, Power Ukpe, the Dakkada Coordinator, Hezekiah Jimmy, and Enobong Jacob, all youth leaders, said Sir Udo Kierian Akpan has served out his second term, and he has no business going back to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly because he is not favoured by zoning for next year’s election.

While declared their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s second term aspiration and urged him to keep to all zoning arrangements for peace to reign in the state, the youths said they would not want the type of security crisis currently plaguing Etim/Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas of the state to affect their area.

The youths frowned at what they described as political monopoly aimed at oppressing the “Oruk” people who are the majority by the one person who want to perpetuate himself in power to the detriment of Oruk people and promised to defend PDP in her effort to keep to zoning so that one man would not have any reason to repeat himself in one office against the wish of the people.

The people of Oruk and Anam clans are bound in one local government area. Akpan who hails from Anam Clan has held the seat since 2011.

The Oruk people are currently clamouring that the seat should shift to their area for justice to be seen to have been done by the leadership of the PDP in the state.