Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Another setback for Udom: Eket Elders reject SSG as sole candidate

 Another setback for Udom: Eket Elders reject SSG as sole candidate
 Despite the fact that the emeritus Secretary to State Government, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has finally decided to throw his hat into the ring to vie for the office of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State by declaring officially today, he has not gotten the blessings of the Elders of his federal Constituency. A release obtained by THE INK yesterday indicates that all is not well with the home front of the Zenith Bank officer. 

The release condemns in totality the last week pronouncement by Chief Nduese Essien that Udom Emmanuel is the sole candidate of the Eket people. The release is signed by Senator Umoyo, Gen. Etukudoh, Pastor Abang Abang, Prof. Etie Ben Akpan, Barr Bassey Essien and the Otuekong 1 of Ekid Nation Dr. Etuk Nsien Etuk. 

It observed among other things that, The People of Eket Federal Constituency have NOT adopted or endorsed Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel or any other person for that matter as their sole Gubernatorial Aspirant.

The Chairman on that reception/deception ceremony, Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien who was visibly in pains to present Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the sole aspirant from Eket Federal Constituency did so only to justify his benefits and personal interest, and so with every other person who spoke in that vein.

Chief Nduese Essien has no mandate whatsoever and did not speak for or on behalf of Ekid People or Eket Federal Constituency but for himself and himself alone. The Eket Federal Constituency prides herself on the impressive array of very well qualified Aspirants who are seasoned politicians, fit to be Governor and capable of leading Akwa Ibom State to a higher level of development. Even a cursory look at the array of the Gubernatorial Aspirants from the Federal Constituency reveals that the man the incumbent Government is labouring hard to foist on the people cannot, by any imagination, be the best of them all to be so endorsed.

The release added further that, In the present dispensation in Akwa Ibom State, the antecedents and natural justice demand that the Governorship position goes to Eket Senatorial District. In the Senatorial District the Senate position is for Oron Federal Constituency based on the established principle of rotation and the Governorship position sits four-square in Eket Federal Constituency. Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency has produced three successive Deputy Governors in the last eight years and Oron Federal Constituency had earlier produced a Deputy Governor in Akwa Ibom State. It is to be noted that since the creation of Akwa Ibom State twenty seven years ago Eket Federal Constituency has neither produced a Governor nor a Deputy Governor. The time to produce a Governor from Eket Federal Constituency is now. 

There is so much avoidable tension in the polity and everybody feels it. We therefore plead that our governments at all levels, our elders, youths and women should not, by acts of omission or commission or through incendiary pronouncements exacerbate the already bad situation.

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