By Mfreke Udonkang
It was campaign turned carnival as Obong Chris Ekpeyong, former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-udo and Obong Emmanuel Ekpeyong, PDP flag bearers for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, Federal House of Representatives for Ikono/Ini and Ini state state constituency candidate in Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly respectively, on Wednesday 30th Jan, embarked on a thorough campaign tour to ward 4,6,7 and 8 in Ini Local government Area.
At the various stopovers, the people of Ini couldn’t hide their excitement when the trio of PDP candidates entered the area, as they described it as a sign of good things to come.
Speaking at the rally, the council Chairman of Ini, Hon. Idaisin gave kudos to Deacon Udom Emmanuel for restoring sustainable peace in Akwa Ibom state, he thanked the governor for the giant strides he has achieved since he took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, he promised to mobilize and ensure that the people of Ini LGA vote all the candidates of PDP in the forth coming general elections.
The Councillor of ward 8 Hon. Augustine Joshua, in his words thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for constructing roads in Ini LGA, he promised to pay the party back by mobilizing people to vote for all the party candidates.
Also speaking at the campaign, one of the Youth leader in Ini Mr John Africa, promised to coordinate all the youths in the area to deliver bloc votes for the party and thereafter protect their votes till their winner emerge.
A Woman leader in the area Obonganwan Iniobong Essien, who spoke on behalf of the women pledged to unit all the women in one accord in order to vote for all PDP candidates, she charged the women to keep their voter’s card safe so that they can vote massively and deliver 100 % votes for PDP who she described has done much in Ini under 3 years to deserve their vote.
In the same vein, addressing the mammoth crowd was the PDP Chairman of Ini LGA, Mr Emmanuel Umah, who reaffirmed support to governor Udom Emmanuel, he described PDP as the only party set to develop Nigeria, a party with good policies and plans for Nigerians
His words read in part;
“We have come here as a party to reaffirm our support to the governor, the party and all the aspirants of PDP, we have brought before you the best candidates who will change things better for the people.”
He described Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-udo as the messier of Ikono/Ini who is set to better the lives of the people under 4years of his sojourn to the esteemed green chambers. He however thanked the people of Ini for the show of love to the party and candidates by turning up en masse to support the candidates.
Among the speakers at the campaign, was the Ward chairman of ward 4 (Nkari), Clement Timothy Ita in his statement said, “Go and check the records, Nkari has always been supporting PDP and we will not stop supporting, the people of Nkari are ready to vote for Udom, Macaire and Iraq, this is what we promise you.”
Professor Ndaeyo an elder in the ward assured the PDP that the people of Nkari will not fail in voting for all the candidates of PDP, describing APC as a drama party who only exist on social media;
“We will vote for PDP, APC is a fiction of someone’s imagination, our support remains in PDP, on election day the needful will be done.”
One of the elder of PDP in Ini LGA, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen pledged maximum support for Governor Udom Emmanuel, Ukarakpa, Macaire and Iraq, stating that the trio will bring the development and changes they desire.
On his part the former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Chris Ekpeyong thanked the people of Ini for welcoming them to the area and the weighty support the people accorded them, he vowed not to desert the people when voted into office as Senator representing Ikot Ekpene senatorial district.
Reacting to the show of love and acceptance by the people of Ini, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-udo,who is seeking to represent the people of Ikono/Ini at the green chambers expressed gratitude to the sea of heads for believing in him and deciding to vote for him, governor Udom Emmanuel, Obong Chris Ekpeyong and Hon Emmanuel Ekpeyong Bassey. The popular philanthropist in his usual way doled out motorcycles, sewing machine, cash and other empowerment items to the people of Ini, with the promise to do more when voted into power.
The Chief whip of Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly Hon. Emmanuel Ekpeyong Bassey, who is vying for a second bid, appreciated his people for keeping faith in PDP, he promised to deliver more dividend of democracy when voted into office. He also commended governor Udom Emmanuel for providing the basic necessity for the people of Ini, including the road construction of Ikpe Ikot Nkon, Nkana road and Iwerre which leads to Aruchukwu in Abia state, the rice factory which has provided jobs to numerous citizens of Ini, and he also reinstated the commitment of Ini people to reciprocate the love of governor Udom Emmanuel with their votes come 2nd March 2019.
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