Special Adviser to the Governor on Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Barrister Ekong Sampson, has said there is no reason for Eket Senatorial District to be taken for granted.
He described the region as richly endowed and possesses capacity to take Akwa Ibom State to the next level, hence should be given a commensurate opportunity.
The Special Adviser made the advocacy while addressing youths from the Senatorial District who were on a solidarity rally to register their support for the Governor Udom Emmanuel led government in the State and the People’s Democratic Party.
Barrister Sampson said Eket Senatorial District is becoming more united than ever and will take that unity into 2019.
He said the people of the area will stand together to behind their rich history, consciousness, hopeand protect their future, adding that all sections of the Senatorial District willspeak with one voice as one united family come 2019.
In his words, “whoever thinks we are fracture should think of something else.”
Barrister Sampson paid tribute to some former leaders of Eket Senatorial District. He said the region has always produced renownedambassadors who have earned great reputation for the Akwa Ibom State.
Enumerating the rich historical content of the region, he mentioned that “the best books in Uganda today are read after Sir Udo Udoma and a street named after him. Also, up till date, the efforts Senator Victor Akan is still providing road map for parliamentary practice, he said, adding that the best Akwa Ibom has on the Nigerian currency is that of Dr. Clement Isong, all sons of Eket Senatorial District.”
He further mentioned the efforts of Obong D.S. Udoinyang, EyoIta and the large collectives of the great leaders of the region can never be in vain, as the fruit of what they sowed into the future is about to be harvested.
Barrister Sampson reiterated that Eket Senatorial District is PDP, and cautioned the people against being swayed to jump from frying pan to fire or leave a good shelter to stay in the rain.
He commended the organizers of the event and the entire youths of the region for coming together to share in the prevalent consciousness of the State and for rising to protect their destiny. He assured the youths that other Senatorial Distirct in the State are strongly behind the Governor Udom Emmanuel 8-year match. The Special Adviser urged the youths to match their resolve with action by taking advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration and ensuring no one stays without a voter’s card.
The National President Eket Senatorial District Youth Assembly (ESDYA), Hon. Joe Mbong in his speech, promised on behalf of the youths not to allow anyone take their place.
He said, “we have a man who has already done so much in just 2 years, despite lean resources. What has been done in Eket Senatorial District within the last 2 years is unprecedented. The youths are determined; we cannot be deterred. Governor Udom Emmanuel’s full tenure is 8years.”
Other personalities from the region also registered their solidarity at the event. Senatorial District Chairman, Mr. Mfon Nkantion commended the youths for being sensitive enough to see reasons to drum support for Governor Udom Emmanuel. He noted that defying the rains to come out en masse was a good signal.
The PDP chieftain assured the youths that as the Party wholly supported Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts for eight years respectively, it remains solidly behind Eket Senatorial District youths.
The ALGON Chairman in Akwa Ibom State and Transition Chairman of Eket LGA, Mr. Frank Archibong thanked the youths for rising to show that they have one thing to jealously guard and sending a signal to whoever, that Eket Senatorial District is ready to protect her mandate.
Former President of AfighIwaad Ekid and Special Assistant to the Governor on Election Matters, Hon. Emmanuel Mbong, Special Assistant on Agricultural Matter, Mr. Moses Armstrong, some Transition Chairmen of Local Government Councils within the region also expressed their support for the mission.