Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF IKONO SOUTH ELDERS COUNCIL

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING
OF IKONO SOUTH ELDERS COUNCIL

The Ikono South Elders Council, during its meeting held at the
Civic Centre, Ukpom on Saturday 26th January, 2019, considered
several issues of urgent concern to Ikono South geopolitical zone
in Ikono Local Government Area including, but not limited to;
unity and development of Ikono South geopolitical zone; choice for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State; support for its sons who are contesting elections; peaceful conduct of 2019 elections.

The Council, having undertaken a thorough analysis of the state
of Ikono South zone and its communities, and having noted that the historic gains in political unity secured by it voting strength
in past elections had been wasted by the poor appointment of political office holders from the zone and siting of government
projects thereafter. It INSISTS that the routine denial of the rights of Ikono South to its fair share of political appointments and developmental projects, as the vote basket of Ikono, must cease from 2019.

It URGES all its leaders and elders to seek the unity of Ikono south and to support serious initiative towards achieving higher
levels of trust which is vital for the imperatives of peace, justice and progress.

After critical assessment of the candidates for the governorship
seat in Akwa Ibom State, the Council ASSERTS that for equity,
fairness and good conscience, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel
Emmanuel must be given a second term mandate as the previous governors were given, coupled with the fact that he has performed creditably by industrializing the state, developing the health, education and agricultural sectors, carrying out massive infrastructural development, maintaining peace as well as placing projects in Ikono Local Government Area which hitherto was neglected by previous administrations.

In its commitment to maintain harmony and peaceful coexistence with its brothers and sisters, the Council APPEALS to Ikono Middle and Ediene/ Itak zones, as well as Ini Local Government Area to support the candidacies of its illustrious sons, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo and Hon. Asuquo Nana
Udo, who are contesting to the Federal House of Representatives
and State House of Assembly, respectively, promising to
reciprocate them in future elections whenever their sons or
daughters will take their turns as has always been the case.

The Council ADVISES the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), Security Operatives, Youths and all persons
involved to work in harmony, with vigilant scrutiny of opportunities for manipulation, and eschew violence and rancour in the coming elections.

CAUTIONS politicians to resist the temptation to abuse the political process in pursuit of their personal ambitions.

Finally, the Council COMMITS to sustaining the strong interests
behind these resolutions through activities and actions, which
will strengthen Ikono South unity and prepare it to attract benefits for its people and Ikono as a whole.

Elder Matthew Umoh – Chairman
Elder Udeme Umoeka – Vice Chairman
Prince Inem Inyangette – Secretary General
Idongesit Jimmy Udodiong – Assist. Secretary
Apostle Joseph Ekong – Treasurer
Hon. Nsikak Onoyom – P.R.O
Prince William Akpan – Org. Secretary
Elder Joseph Okon Udo – Welfare Officer
Otuekong Anselem Frank – Fin. Secretary
Elder Ini Udo Ekpenyong – Provost

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