By Mberekkeobong Essien
The good people of Ikono Local Government Area under the watch of their council chairman, Akparawa Hon. Itoro Columba came out in large number today to reassure and reaffirm their commitment for the re-election bid of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel at the council secratariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo.
Setting the tone at the rally, the capacity chairman of Ikono, Hon. Itoro Columba highlighted numerous life-touching projects done by the Governor during his three years in office, and called every well-meaning indigene to vote enmassly for the return of His Excellency come 2019 to the Hilltop mission.
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He stated clearly, that the unprecedented event becomes very neccessary in recognition of the Governor’s love for the people since his assumption of office by providing a 4.6km Nung Ukim road network, converting the School of Art and Science to College of Science and Technology, Nung Ukim and digitalization of General Hospital, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, plus many other basic amenities of life for the betterment of the good people.
“I stand here to celebrate all what the Governor has done. We have never celebrated him this much neither did we lead any delegation to see him when, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmauel gave us a 4.6km Nung Ukim road and a digitalized General Hospital in Akwa Ibom State”.
“We stand as a people who are reputed to be the cradle and root of Ibibio Nation to sound it loud and clear to anyone who cares to listen, that in 2019, we are not merely going to repeat the feat of 2015, but will give our action-soaked Governor more than 40 thousand votes”.
“We don’t know another contender for that office than Governor Udom. Ikono people only know the umbrella party, because we love good things. If in the midst of the APC-inflicted hardship, the Governor is able to do what he has done for the good people of Ikono, we say one good turn deserves another”. The award-winning council boss added.
Highlight of the event was issuance of communique to buttress the stance of Ikono people in support of the governor’s re-election presented by Ikono stakeholders, as was read by the State Legal Adviser, PDP who is also a former commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Goddy Umoh. The stakeholders reaffirmed their readiness to distant themselves from any other party except the long-standing umbrella party, PDP in the State.
Over 300 members from APC denounced their membership and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, as were received by Barr. Goddy Umoh into the chapter. The decampees led by former women leader of APC in Ikono, Obonganwan Christiana Etim Utin who spoke on behalf of others, pledged their unalloyed loyalty to the party, saying that the result-oriented Governor Udom Emmanuel deserves a second term given his landmark achievements.
Others who spoke during the rally included: The PDP chapter chairman, Obong Barr. Moses Akpan, SA to the Governor on Demographic Planning, Dr Tony Usoro, SA to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Mr Michael Akpan, SA to the Governor on Inter- ministerial, Mr Sekerenam Akang, Former ALGON chairman, Hon. Lovina Umo-Effah, who all eulogized the Governor on his life-enhancing achievements.