A front-line politician and a renowned medical practitioners, Dr. Sydney Udofot has emerged the Political Leader of Mkpat Enin Local Government after he garnered the majority support from elders and stakeholders of area to beat his opponent, Barr. Jerry Akpan.
According to reports, the position was zoned to Ikpa Ibom Clan with Dr. Sydney Udofot and Barr. Jerry Akpan emerging as the two contenders. However, all the political gimmicks that had trailed the struggle for the Political leadership climaxed last night during the meeting Mkpat Elders/Stakeholders as majority of the threw their weight behind Dr. Udofot.
Among those who were at the well-attended meeting were the State Observers, Professor Etie Ben and Dr. Emmanuel Umanah; the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Noble Lady Valerie Ebe; member, AKHA, Hon. Otobong Ndem; and the State Commissioner for Rural Development, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson.
Others were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter Chairman, Hon. Nkereuwem Akai; chairman, Mkpat Enin Transition Committee, Hon. Ephraim Akpan, serving transition committee members; former House of Assembly members; former local government chairmen, former leaders of Council and other stakeholders. Shortly after his emergence, Dr. Udofot was officially presented to state observers in Uyo on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
His choice earned the open endorsement of the Clan Head of Ikpa Ibom, Edidem P.N.J. Udoh and the traditional institution of Ikpa Ibom Clan, political stalwarts, elders and leading youth groups in Ikpa Ibom Clan. Presenting Dr. Sydney Udofot to general house, Hon. Otobong Ndem disclosed that it was the wish of majority of the stakeholders in Ikpa Ibom Clan that Dr. Sydney Udofot becomes the Political Leader of Mkpat Enin Local Government, adding that his choice was well accepted. The lawmaker thanked the people of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area
for coming together to chart a course for the local government and charged the new political leader to justify the confidence reposed in him.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Udofot thanked the people of Mkpat Enin for finding him fit to be their political leader, noting that Mkpat Enin is a very significant entity in the politics of Akwa Ibom State. He further said that there is nowhere he can succeed as a leader without the full support and corporations of the people and called on the entire Mkpat Enin people to join hands with him in order to steer the political ship of the area towards the right direction, calling on all aggrieved persons to sheath their swords as he will ensure that everybody is given a pride of place in the politics of Mkpat Enin.
Meanwhile, the decision of Mkpat Enin people to choose Dr. Udofot as their political leader did not go down well with Bar. Jerry Akpan who vied for the position but eventually lost after failing to secure the majority support.
According to an eye witness, after he failed in his attempt to disrupt the meeting following his loss as majority of the people were jubilating over Dr. Udofot’s victory, the frustrated Jerry Akpan started destroying some facilities at the venue of the event. Irked by the destruction of their properties, the management of Venus Hotels, Shelter Afrique, where the meeting was held, ordered that some of Jerry’s supporters who took part in the chaos be locked up.
It was gathered that Jerry Akpan had to sign and undertaking to fix all the broken facilities before his men were released.