Divine Ibom Movement Grassroot Sensitisation Tour: Oruk Anam agog with Excitment
…as Governor’s Aide gives back to her community
By Emma Akpabio, Ekparakwa
The good people of Oruk Anam LGA, the hometown of the Akwa Ibom State first Lady – Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, agog with excitement over the grass root sensitization and mobilization exercise of Divine Ibom Movement, for the reelection of their son-in-law, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
The event which held on September 18, 2018, at the Oruk Anam Council Hall- Ikot Ibritam, had in attendance, Patrons of the group, Political/Religious Leaders, Government Appointees, Traditional Rulers, Women, Youths and Students of the area
Setting the tone, the Progenitor of Divine Ibom Movement (DIV) who doubles as the Senior Special Assistance to the Governor on Education Monitoring – Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, appreciated everyone for the massive turn out. According to her, the mammoth crowd was a true demonstration of solidarity with Gov Emmanuel. She further stated that the gathering was simply to inaugurate Wards/Units Coordinators of DIV, dine and wine as brothers and sisters and chat a way forward on how to return Gov Udom Emmanuel for a second term in 2019.
Speaking at the event, the Oruk Anam Council Boss – Atuekong Hon Ubong Idiong, who spoke through his vice, Rt Hon Edwin Udofa, applauded the leading sociopolitical group in Akwa Ibom State, for taking up the tasking job of preaching the good works of Gov Emmanuel across all the 31 Local Government Areas. Hon Idiong assured the group in strong terms that Oruk Anam is intact, and shall return Gov Emmanuel in 2019.
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly leader and member representing Oruk Anam State Constituency – Rt Hon Udo Kierian Akpan described the gathering as a mere get together. Sir Udo Kierian who spoke through the wife – Lady Ime Kierian Akpan, reechoed that Gov Emmanuel has no business with campaigns in Oruk Anam, as the people of the area had taken their Stand to return their Son-in-law for a second term. The House leader used the opportunity to intimate the general public to dismiss all defection rumours making rounds in the media that he is jumping ship. He described such news as absolutely false and malicious.
The Husband of the AKS Surveyor General and Patron of the Group – General P. J. Isang Rtd., described the massive turn out at Oruk Anam LGA as unprecedented. Gen Isang who was flanked by the wife while speaking advised the Wards and Units Coordinators to take the task ahead of them seriously. According to the Rtd Army General, there is always a great reward for diligent services.
The State Surveyor General used the opportunity to congratulate the people of Oruk Anam for being the home of the best Governor’s wife in the history Akwa Ibom State. She called on everyone not to retire to bed, but to keep working till the 2019 dream is materialized.
The Oruk Anam Chapter Women Leader of PDP, Hon Mrs Grace Ikpong and HRH Obong Engr J J Obosi who spoke on behalf of the women and Traditional Rulers Council respectively, assured everyone that Oruk Anam is for Gov Emmanuel and the PDP and shall return same in 2019.
The high point of the event was the inauguration of Wards and Units Coordinators to carry out the sensitisation exercise and mobilisation of support for the reelection of Gov Emmanuel in 2019. Shortly after the inauguration, the Oruk Anam Chapter Coordinator of DIV- Prince Ekong Akpan Ama, on behalf of the inaugurated Coordinators, accepted the call to service and also promised to work tirelessly for the reelection of Gov Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
Other Top Government officials and Guests who gave messages of Goodwill were: Nollyhood Actress and SA on Tourism – Ini Edo, SA on new media- Mrs Meflyn Anwana, former House of Assembly member/ Commissioner for Civil Service – Hon Iboro Udom, Akwa Obonganwan Grace Obosi, SAs on Education – Akparawa Elder Udeme Udofia and Education – Hon Dr (Mrs) Sarah Esitikot amongst others who spoke in support of the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
The progenitor of the group – Mrs Idongesit Etiebet after appreciating God for the success of the event, thanked her husband Mr Iboro Etiebet and the good people of Oruk Anam LGA, for giving her out to the state, to render services to humanity.
The SSA, While giving a brief litany of Gov Emmanuel’s achievements in Oruk Anam to include construction of roads/ other infrastructures, remodeling of Urua Anwa Market, rehabilitation of Ikot Okoro General Hospital, construction of roads in Obio Akpa Campus of AKSU, Human empowerment Scheme, Agricultural revolution, food sufficiency, prompt payment of remunerations and lots more in just three years, called on the people to return Gov Emmanuel for a second term, so as to continue enjoying the peace currently prevailing in the area.
Mrs Etiebet in appreciation of the support of the people for Governor Emmanuel, after sponsoring the chops and drinks at the event, doled out over 2.5million to everyone in attendance for transportation.
The women led the whole congregants in a solidarity song and dance session for their Son-in-law, Gov Udom Emmanuel.