His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo, has assured the people of Uruan Local Government Area of great returns for the good gesture expressed in their show of solidarity with Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The Deputy Governor gave the assurance in response to the proclamation by political stakeholders of Uruan at a Mandate Re-enactment and Unification outing organized by former Transport Commissioner, Prince Godwin Ntukudeh and other political heavy weights in the area. The assembly which held at Mbiaya Uruan had a robust representation of the political landscape of the area with stakeholders from all the 11 Wards of Uruan, unanimously declared Udom Emmanuel tested fit for 8-year run.
Mr. Moses Ekpo expressed his admiration for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s philosophy that politics should not be about falsehood, empty promises and looking after one’s self, but maximizing opportunity to better the lots of the governed. He said Akwa Ibom State couldn’t have had a better leader in such a season when a lot of states and even the Federal Government are struggling with workers salaries and other very basic functions.
According to the Deputy Governor, it is like a religion for them in PDP to prosper the lives of the people, he therefore challenged Uruan people to keep to their promise, saying “return Udom come 2019 and see what returns will come to you”.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson, who also graced the occasion, charged the political leaders of Akwa Ibom State to collapse all barriers and maintain an arms-wide-open policy, to embrace and accommodate all and sundry into the Governor Udom Emmanuel support train.
The political adviser thanked the Uruan people for gathering to affirm the position earlier expressed by the 3 Senatorial Districts in the State to support Udom Emmanuel for an 8-year term, explaining that continuity is necessary for Governor Emmanuel to fully implement his enormous programmes and expansive roadmap of industrialization in the state. He commended Dr. Ntukudeh and other political leaders of Uruan for seeing the need to drum support for the continuity of Udom Emmanuel’s government beyond 2019.
Barrister Ekong Sampson said the party primaries and gubernatorial elections had long ended and governance in Akwa Ibom State has been ongoing with relative brilliance. Hence he implored the leaders of politics Uruan to open their flanks to accommodate others who, for various reasons, may not have supported the election of Governor Udom Emmanuel at first, but being convinced by his superlative performance are willing to join the train.
He stated that politics of inclusiveness, as adopted the PDP in Akwa Ibom State, is in line with the policy of Political Inclusion, which is one of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s 5-Point Agenda for the State. He thanked the party hierarchy and stakeholders in Uruan for being on the same page, to give the re-election of Governor Emmanuel a smooth sail.
Leading the massive crowd in chanting the trending catchphrase, “hold the ground and win the game”, he charged grassroots stalwarts to concentrate their energy in their respective political units to ensure victory for the party. He reiterated that inclusiveness be reinforced at ward and unit levels, driving the mindset of the “more the merrier”.
Former Commissioner for Transport and chief host of the rally, Dr. Godwin Ntukudeh, said the gathering was not to campaign for Governor Udom Emmanuel but to inform His Excellency and the PDP that Uruan people have unanimously resolved to sustain the divine mandate beyond 2019 with 100% support.
Ntukudeh, on behalf of the gathering, said that as long as Uruan is concerned, Udom has been tested and proven worthy of the love and support of Uruan people to run for 8 years, declared that Uruan is targeting giving PDP the highest vote in the State come 2019.
He presented gifts to the various wards of Uruan and a set of brass band to a foremost political group in the area, Uruan Progressive People’s Forum (UPPF). He said the presentation was significant of the victory song that Uruan people shall sing to present their excellent result to their amiable Governor at the Hilltop Mansion in 2019.