By Effiong WILLIAM
The people of Ibiakpan Nto Akan, Ibiakpan Ikot Obioekere and Ibiakpan Akan-Awan communities in Ikot Ekpene Ward 2 , Saturday, vowed that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) will leave no stone unturned in their areas for the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
“We have seen the enormous achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the construction of about 1,700 kilometres of roads across the length and breadth of Akwa Ibom State.
“And we have also seen his positive industrialization effort which has produced toothpick, pencil, syringe, electric metres and coconut factories as well as Peacock Paint, and fertilizer firms.
“The governor’s human capacity building in the employment of teachers both in primary and secondary schools, and the appointment of the sons of this ward into government are not lost to us. We appreciate all of these.
“Therefore, we the people of Ibiakpan Nto Akan, Ibiakpan Ikot Obioekere and Ibiakpan Akan-Awan, a people politically conscious and socially inclined, stand as one today before God and man and confirm that we shall stand by and vote Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as governor come 2019”, said Ubong Akan, a former chairmanship aspirant in Ikot Ekpene, while moving the motion for the governor’s endorsement for a second term in office l.
Organizer of the occasion, Mr Ime Umoh, a Lagos based Akwa Ibom professional, told journalists shortly after the occasion that the endorsement for Mr Emmanuel’s re-election was significant to the people of Ibiakpan communities because he (Governor) has given a good account of himself as Governor within the last three years.
“We believe in continuity and we know that if we don’t support the governor’s re-election bid, his development projects and Industrialization drive will be stalled. As a people in Ibiakpan communities, we believe in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s integrity as well.
“Other governors had gone for eight years, Udom is from Eket senatorial district; he has to serve for eight years. He has only done four years.
“We believe in fairness and equity. That is why we are saying that we want Udom to return as governor of Akwa Ibom State and we’re assuring Akwa Ibom that our communities are solidly behind the governor.
“We want Governor Udom Emmanuel to continue in 2019 and that is why we want to start early to work hard to mobilize our people and prepare their minds for the election ahead, Umoh said.
Earlier in his remark, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kennedy Akwaowo, who represented the Governor at the occasion, appreciated Mr Umoh for organising the endorsement ceremony and motivating the people of Ibiakpan communities.
Akwaowo said with the ongoing voters registration and membership mobilization drive of the party, the PDP would definitely win in Akwa Ibom State come 2019.
He therefore urged the electorates to endeavour to get their voter cards as it is the only way to achieve the objective.
Four communities of Ibiakpan Nto Akan, Ibiakpan Ikot Obioekere, Ibiakpan Akan-Awan and Uruk Uso make up Ward 2 in Ikot Ekpene local government area.
It was gathered that Ibiakpan communities provided the majority votes for the PDP in the last election over Uruk Uso, the country home of Don Etim who is a former state commissioner and close ally of Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Meanwhile, the Ibiakpan people have appealed for intervention of the Akwa Ibom State Government on the construction of access roads and drainages in their areas, the problem they said has continued to impede development in the communities.
This reporter who was part of the team that went round the three communities observed that the construction work at Ekpo Ibiakpan road in Ibiakpan Nto Akan had been stopped midway, leaving the other part which leads to the state’s school of nursing in a terrible condition. Roads in Ibiakpan Ikot Obioekere and Ibiakpan Akan-Awan were also observed in a bad shape.
Mr Ime Umoh, which calling on Governor Emmanuel to come to the aid of the communities, said that residents has always adopted self-help to embark on manual construction of drainage along the Ibiakpan roads in order to create access for water to flow freely.
The political leader of Ibiakpan Nto Akan, men, women, and youth groups, including Obong Isong Bassey Ukpong, the Village Head Ibiakpan Nto Akan; Matthew AkpanEtok, a former secretary of Ikot Ekpene local government; Friday Odiong, John Okon, the managing director of Demoline Hotels in the area; women leaders: Obonganwan Christiana Okorie (Ibiakpan Nto Akan), Obonganwan Mercy Etuk (Ibiakpan Ikot Obioekere), and Obonganwan Elizabeth Aniefiok (Ibiakpan Akan-Awan), among several others, attended the occasion.
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