* Etuk (middle) with his supporters marching along Edet Akpan Avenue yesterday
* Joins thousands of supporters in solidarity with Buhari, Udoedehe
By Mercy Obot
Former Uruan lawmaker, Kufreabasi Etuk, Monday, declared his intention to contest for a seat at the Nigerian Senate in next year’s general elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Etuk, who has already been screened and cleared by the screening committee of the APC to contest the election, will seek to unseat incumbent Senator Bassey Albert of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His declaration was on the foot of the solidarity rally organized for President Muhammadu Buhari and the governorship declaration ceremony of Senator Akapanudoedehe held at the Uyo Township stadium.
Before they arrived at the venue of the rally, Etuk and thousands of his supporters had besieged the streets of Uyo pledging their solidarity to President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator John James Akapanudoedehe who wants to become Akwa Ibom State Governor in 2019.
Etuk’s supporters, many of them youths, who trooped into Uyo metropolis en mass from across the nine local government areas in Uyo senatorial district, marched along major streets – Edet Akpan Avenue (Four Lanes), Nsikak Eduok Road (Two Lanes), Aka road, Obio Imo Street- in solidarity with the former lawmaker.
The solidarity march ended at Uyo township stadium where Etuk was received and cheered by thousands of other APC supporters who had convened for the rally.
Propeller Newspapers gathered that the former Uruan lawmaker had been endorsed by cacus members of the APC, including Senator Akpanudoedehe and different youth and women groups from Uyo senatorial district.
Addressing the rally, Etuk said the next assembly of the Nigeria senate will most likely discuss the report of the APC panel on restructuring chaired by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai, which had been submitted to the national leadership of the party.
Etuk said that, with the kind of recommendations made by the El-rufai’s committee, the coastal states in the South-south region of the country will have to be in the majority to influence the report in the way that will not leave the states disadvantaged.
He said the senate will need someone of his calibre with experience in lawmaking who will not fiddle out and would not compromise in the debate.
When elected, Etuk said his programmes are to be more focused on job creation, agro processing, improve primary health care and education in his senatorial district.
Etuk represented Uruan state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly between 2011-2015. He has worked in the petroleum down stream sector for many years.