…as Nduese Essien charges USD Leaders to bring out their Governor, stop mortgaging 2023 for Appointments
By Ekemini Simon
The Leader of Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum (USDLF), Obong Offiong Akpabio has expressed his determination to work towards reuniting the people of Uyo Senatorial District.
The USDLF Leader who recently emerged said he has observed that the senatorial district is stunted in leadership growth not by choice but because of leadership.
Speaking at the solidarity and Thank you get-together of Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum held on Friday in Uyo, Obong Akpabio noted that his first task of oath of office is that of ensuring the nine local government areas of Uyo Senatorial District unites and becomes a force to be reckoned with.
The USDLF Leader who called on all Uyo sons and daughters to stand with him so as to drive the senatorial district to the desired destination added that there will be a need to institute committees that would assist in developing initiatives that would engender development in the senatorial district.
He added ” My emergence has given cause for people to become fragmented. You can’t develop Uyo where people are fragmented. We should remember that I am interim. We can’t develop Uyo in a fragmented position. Whatever fragments were there, please, let’s come back as a team. Let’s talk about tomorrow, which is development.”
Obong Akpabio who narrated how he emerged said he was approached by representatives of the nine state constituencies of the senatorial district to take charge of the interim leadership of the forum after the demise of Chief Ekpe Atakpo.
He said he was told that they needed a leader from Uruan stock who has experience, love and capacity hence they unanimously chose him.
The USDLF helmsman said having been endorsed by all and he has accepted to serve on an interim basis, he is poised to bring the needed change in leadership.
In his remarks, the Chairman on occasion, Rt. Hon. Nduese Essien commended the Leaders of the senatorial district for their choice of leader, stressing that he is leader who will take the area to a destination worthy to be reckoned with.
” He was a very strong activist in the then South Eastern State. I think you have made a very good selection not just because he is my friend but because I know him. He is very determined, articulate and steadfast. “
Chief Essien pointed out that in a period the governorship seat has rotated back to the district, the people are in need of a vocal and reliable Leader who will give direction.
He said ” Uyo Senatorial District, you need someone who can stand up, speak up and say stop, please don’t do this. Uyo Senatorial District has to be properly organized to bring out a governor and also support one.
” You have learnt from the strength and mistakes of Ikot Ekpene and Eket Senatorial District. Now that you are taking over Governorship for a second time, you have to take Akwa Ibom State to the highest level. I know that Uyo has a lot of people with a high level of experience that if pulled together, can lead to greatness. So, utilize this opportunity.”
Essien, who is a former Minister, further called on the elders of the area to get involved in the ongoing leadership recruitment process through advice that reflects the collective will of the people.
He charged the elders to grow above interest in political appointments as that would not only influence the quality of their advice but would limit their leadership role.
The Chairman on the occasion stated ” Uyo Elders should come out, reorganize themselves and get involved. Do not want to be commissioners at the age of 70 or want appointment in government. What you can offer is advice. If you run a government without the advice of the elders, then you are not running an effective government.”
Other leaders of the senatorial district in their respective goodwill message expressed support for the leadership of Obong Akpabio and called on him to be steadfast in leading right.