By Patrick ANTIA
The paramount ruler of Itu Local Government, His Majesty, Edidem Dr. Edet Akpainyang has advised candidates from the area, vying for positions on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the December 2 elections to remain united and continue working as a family and put the interest of the Community first.
The Traditional ruler made the declaration on Friday at his palace, when the PDP Chairmanship candidate in the Local Government, Barr. Etetim Onuk led every other candidate of his party in the area on a courtesy visit to him.
Edidem Akpainyang who commended the candidates for deeming it fit to seek the blessings of the royal fathers applauded their oneness. He said the importance of peace, love and unity amon them cannot be underestimated. He advised them to replicate same attitude if they eventually make it to the Council, adding that its the panacea for a better and stronger Itu Local government.
Earlier, Barr. Etetim Onuk who spoke on behalf of the candidates said the visit was meant to intimate the Traditional rulers of their achievements so far and brief them on future plans. He opined that as loyal citizens of Itu, they owe the royal fathers that obligation and reiterated their resolve to build a fairer and egalitarian society.
Barr. Onuk who stated that they could not have continued without seeking the support and blessings of the traditional rulers, pointed out that the importance of maintaining close links with the traditional stool cannot be overemphasized. He promised to ensure his team remain bonded by love, mutual respect and equity.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of the council and clan head of Itam Clan, Etebom Donald Uboh commended the candidates vying for the respective positions that make up the third tier of governance, describing their visit to the palace as a ‘ a wise move and warned against infighting which he said could derail the budding relationship among the PDP candidates in Itu.
The high point of the event was the prayer session, where the traditional rulers prayed for God’s protection, guidance and wisdom for the candidates in their respective endeavors.
Others who witnessed the event include; The Vice Chairmanship Candidate, Mrs. Emem Ekpanya, The Director General, Itu Liberation Campaign Organization and former Vice Chairman of Itu Local Government Area; Hon. Victor Nyong.
Councillorship candidates who attended the events are, Helen Nta, ward 1; Felix Okokon Andem, ward 2; Ifiok Ekpenyong, ward 3; Ime Victor Etim, ward 4; George Akpan, ward 5 and Bokime Ededem Udo of ward 6.
Others include, Peace Okokon, ward 7; Otobong Ekong, ward 8; Bassey Bassey, ward 9 and Inibehe Nyong of ward 10