Ahead of the forthcoming re-run election into the position of Etinan State Constituency of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr Aniefiok Dennis of the PDP is taking the lead as Etinan people of all walks of life have vowed to ensure that they boycott all tendencies that will not favour the PDP to vote for Barr Dennis whom they described as the man whose legislative prowess can be trusted.
It could be recalled that about a forthnight ago, youths from the state Constituency had gathered in their numbers and adopted the former Deputy Leader of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. The latest in the line-up is the women of Etinan State Constituency. The women folk gathered over the weekend and declared total support for the Etinan legal luminary. They posited that over the years, Barr Dennis had showed exceptional brilliance in legislative representation and that, there is nowhere the former Deputy Leader will not get their support.
The women who were led by their Leader described Barr Dennis as a man of the people and a man after God’s heart and called on the people of the state constituency to join hands in supporting Barr Dennis whom they said, is a leader among leaders. They also called on Barr Dennis Spouse Patricia to continue in doing the good things she has been doing for the people of Etinan as her reward is here on Earth even as they promised her of votes that will see her husband return to the House of Assembly.
The event which took place at Ikot Ebo in Etinan Local Government saw great Etinan women personalities storming the place with words of solidarity to the PDP candidate. Amongst those who spoke were, the wife of the transition Chairman of the area, wife of the former Speaker and member representing Etinan Federal Constituency, Mrs. Mary Sam Ikon, the CEO of Barbina Rentals Barbara Obot.
In their remarks, they called on Etinan people to embrace the mission of Barr Dennis as according to them, it is divine and has the touch of making Etinan great and beautiful. The women folk listed the achievements of Barr Dennis within his brief stay in the Assembly and posited that if during the few months of stay of the Etinan representative he was able to touch many lives then it means that when he returns to the Assembly, Barr Dennis will surpass all expectations.
Some women leaders of the party called on Barr Dennis not to listen to the antics of the opposition as it was a distraction that was not worth attending to. A woman leader from one of the wards said, they have observed that the oppositions are becoming more desperate by the day but that they will not allow the antics of the opposition to distract them.
She promised that the women of Etinan State Constituency will not leave anything to chance in their quest to completely support to victory the
ambition of Barr Aniefiok Dennis.
Similarly, the students’ populations have also indicated their readiness to support to victory Barr Aniefiok Dennis. In a letter signed by the student leader Comrade Ubong Christopher, it described the former lawmaker as a man of excellence, competence and character. The Iman Ibom Students described Dennis as a friend of the youths and students and added that they are more than ever convinced that the former Deputy leader of the AKHA is the best for the people of Etinan State constituency.
The students promised to vote and also stand by their votes to ensure that Barr Dennis emerges Victorious at the end of the March 12 Election re-run in Etinan State Constituency. The students said, they are set to formally declare their support for Barr Dennis Tomorrow (Wednesday) in Etinan Local Government Area.
In a related development, the clan council of Etinan Local Government have also unanimously adopted Barr Dennis. The adoption was done last Saturday at the Palace of the Paramount Ruler Edidem Dickson Umoette, JP.
Speaking during the brief ceremony, the Paramount Ruler described Barr Dennis as the only man that has come to inform his fathers that he is interested in an election. He called on the 64 chiefs of the area who came in solidarity with Barr Dennis to reciprocate the love and humility shown by the former Deputy Leader by calling on their subjects to come out in their numbers and back Barr Dennis towards his victory at the March 12 re-run.
On his own, Barr Dennis who spoke to newsmen explained why he visited the Royal fathers. He informed that since the Royal fathers backed him up during the last election that was annulled by the Supreme court, he had to come back to report to them and also solicit for more support in prayers and votes so that he will emerge victorious again. He restated his commitment to serve Etinan effectively and to the fullest of his ability.
Meanwhile yesterday, Barr Dennis also played host to the different village leaders in Etinan Local Government Area. The village Leaders who spoke to newsmen said they deemed it fit to come and inform the Assembly hopeful that they are solidly with him and will stand by him to the end of the Election. The village youth leaders said they also came to Barr Dennis to convey the messages of Etinan people to Barr Dennis that he should fear not for they are solidly behind him.
The Assembly hopeful thanked the people for coming and promised to reciprocate their support by making sure that he touches their lives once he gets to the House of Assembly.