…Warn Against Malpractices, Federal Might
By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The people of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, South-south, Nigeria, have insisted that their votes will go to no other than Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The people made their stance known on Tuesday through their leaders when the campaign train of Governor Udom, tagged: Divine Mandate” berthed at the LGA
They noted that the Udom led administration in the state has performed creditably well, hence, is an indication of great things to come if given a second term mandate.
“Ibesikpo Asutan has been blessed through the citing of key infrastructures in the area and appointment of sons into sensitive offices in this administration,” they said.
In his address, Chairman of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Mr. Sylvester George, said he was confident of Udom’s victory in the area due to the fact that stakeholders are in support of the governor’s second term.
According to him, Asutan has benefited significantly under the current administration, saying as a gesture to reciprocate the Governor’s deeds, the people are poised on standing by him.
In her remarks, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Woman Leader, Mrs Ime Orok, offered insight to the fact that women of the area had long started campaigning for the governor’s reelection and were confident of victory.
Orok thanked the Governor for reactivating the Cassava Processing Plant in the LGA, including a 16-Storey building shopping complex.
“What we have seen on ground coupled with the Governor’s personality and our hope of what is to come, we will vote massively for Governor Emmanuel’s return at the polls,” she said.
In their respective remarks, the member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Aniekan Uko, and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Linus Nkan, noted that the people have no other gubernatorial candidate seeing the Governor’s excellent and credible performances.
They thanked the governor for fulfilling his industrialization promise as well as bringing peace to the state against the era of politically motivated killings, kidnappings and child thefts.
Earlier, a chieftain of the party in the area, Prince Uwem Etuk, warned against plans by the opposition to rig the forthcoming elections, and urged those who may be commissioned to rig the polls in the area to steer clear of Ibesikpo Asutan as the people are ready to resist any form of electoral malpractices.
He said anything short of complete electoral materials which tallies with the number of voters taken to respective units will spell doom for the electoral officers who bring such, as the people will see such an officer as enemy of the area.
Prince Etuk insisted that if there are plans to send out incomplete materials, it should be published on national dailies before the election, as the people of the area will not give chances to any form of shortchanges.
The political leader called on the people not to wither in fear of federal might which he said the opposition has began boasting about. He insisted that the might of the people will triumph.
Also, the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East at the National Assembly, Bassey Albert, said he was convinced God will not permit the immediate past Governor of the State, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, to conspire with others to stop the second term success of Governor Emmanuel. He insisted that the performance of the Governor coupled with his character is enough to earn him a second term.
“Your Excellency, God loves you and the God of justice that stood with Obong Attah and Akpabio will stand by you. God will not allow Akpabio to succeed in a conspiracy against you. As long as he did eight years, you will also do eight years.”
Responding, Governor Udom Emmanuel, promised when he reemerged the Governor, the people will enjoy improved dividends of good governance since he will be better placed with experience, and called on the people not to mortgage their birthright for anything.
According to him, “Anything you want in modern Nigeria, you will find in Ibesikpo Asutan. There are people who came with their ministry but I came to pray here today against the spirit of Esau.
“There was once a Governor who fought against his predecessor from Ibesikpo Asutan, a man who made him commissioner for six years for no just cause. If someone fights his predecessor and successor, he has a problem.”
Udom called on Austan people to reject the spirit of Esau, and urged them to be wise by supporting those who have their interest at heart in order to engender peace and rapid development in the state.
The event witnessed the Chairman of PDP in the State, Obong Paul Ekpo, received members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), who defected to the PDP.
The defectors, led by Chief E. Etim and Aniema Brown, said they brought the party to the area and currently the party has lost its footing in Ibesikpo Asutan.