Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fresh trouble for Sam Ikon …Faces Stiff opposition from Home

Fresh trouble for Sam Ikon …Faces Stiff opposition from Home

For the member representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal constituency, this may not be the best of times as he continues to womble from one political problem to the other. This may be an indication that his second term House of Representatives ambition may meet stiff opposition.

Ikon who upon arrival from Abuja over the weekend decided to call a meeting of stakeholders of Etinan LGA got the shock of his life when those who attended the meeting walked out of his Shelter Afrique residence accusing him of not being able to touch the lives of his people positively.

Etinan people who attended the meeting told our reporters that Ikon had started his briefing on a good note but was surprised when he received a massive booing upon his mention to the people that there is a need for him to go back to the National Assembly. 

The meeting which is said to have become rowdy took the intervention of the former chairman of Etinan Isantim Kenneth Okon to restore normalcy even as majority of the people are said to have angrily left in protest saying that Ikon a former Speaker cannot take them for a ride by failing to touch lives and then coming to make silent plans for a second term.

They maintained that as a Speaker, Ikon was basically interested in enriching himself and never really touched the lives of an average Etinan person. They added that the former Speaker never used his position as a Speaker to impact on Etinan people and accused him of not only being dogmatic but egocentric as well.

Continuing, some stakeholders of Etinan who spoke to our reporter said, the voyage of Ikon in the National Assembly today is because of the imposition of him by former Governor Godswill Akpabio on them noting that it was not the will of the people that Ikon should be their representative at the National level.

They condemned in totality what they described as Ikon’s failure to place food on the tables of the electorate more than two years after he has been sent to the National Assembly only for him to come back home now and begin to pretend to be serving the people.

When reminded that Ikon has been showing enough commitment to the demands of his office in the National Assembly, they reasoned that what the people have been seeing from Ikon is nothing but a road show and a display of excitement of chairing one of the most lucrative committees of the green chambers of the National Assembly.

They queried why the former Speaker has not even used such position to influence human capacity building in Etinan Federal constituency even as they maintained that Ikon has also not brought any constituency project to the federal constituency as a member of the National Assembly.

The weekend meeting which was hosted by Sam Ikon was initially meant to address certain issues including the rumpus in Etinan LGA between Obong Paul Ekpo’s brother Cletus and his chairmanship ambition.

A party Executive who spoke to newsmen said, Etinan Local Government Area is not happy with Sam Ikon over what they described as the former Speaker’s ineffectiveness in Abuja. They advised Ikon to do more than mere posting of pictures on facebook otherwise; he risks their revolution when the time for 2019 comes.

It could be recalled that just last week some political icons in Nsit Ibom had accused the former Speaker of attempting to impose a chairman on them. They had cried blue murder calling on the former Speaker to coordinate himself in the line of statesmanship to avoid any impending challenge from the LGA.
Now that the former Speaker has also uncured the wrath of his home front, it remains to be seen what story lies ahead.

Efforts to get Ikon proved abortive as he could not be reached for his own side of the story and what and how he intends to wriggle himself from the many challenges he has presently thrown himself into.    

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