Stop The Blackmail ! Oruk Anam State Constituency Needs An Experience Legislator
For the Umpteenth time, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan has been given the nod to continue as the representative of the people of Oruk Anam state constituency beyond 2019.
Arising from a think tank meeting, a foremost socio political group G9 led by Sir Sylvester Ntefreh said it amount to blackmail to use the Wellington Bassey way end protest with a hired crowd to scutle the people centred aspiration of Sir Udo Kierian to seek fresh mandate which anchors on competence, capacity and experience.
G9 made up of past party and council chairmen warned those close to the corridors of power in Akwa Ibom State not to abuse this rare privilege but use it to attract development to Oruk Anam state constituency that is dire need of advancement.
Sir Ntefreh who is the pioneer chapter chairman of PDP said except for strangers and vistors it is the height of ingratitude for anybody in Oruk Anam state constituency to conclude that Udo Kierian’s stay in the state assembly is without commensurate result as the Leader of the 6th assembly has not only given the executive arm the needed legislative support but has also develop Oruk Anam and her people.
” This is a man that has briefed his constituents on several occassions where over 30 executive cars were given out to people, 15 mini buses, over 60 motorcycles, countless number of generating sets, training and empowerment of over 160 constituents, yearly bursary and educational grant to over 130 students of Oruk Anam studying in higher institutions not also forgetting the over N7.8m cash grant to women and youth for business start up. In fact time will fail me if I were to list all what Sir Udo Kierian has done for the people of Oruk Anam”.
On his part, a former chairman of council, Hon Emmanuel Sunday Essien said the only set of people that are greedy in the forthcoming 2019 election are those who sponsored the protest against Udo Kierian. According to him, out of the three political offices in Oruk Anam being that of the House member, Council chairman and the Chapter Chairman of party, two are already in Oruk political bloc and if by their antics of blackmail, the House of Assembly seat moves from Anam to Oruk it therefore means that for the first time in the political history of Oruk Anam, Anam political bloc will be excluded in the politics of the area.
Reacting to the insinuation that the All Progressives Congress in Oruk Anam has zoned the seat to Oruk, Hon Idongesit Sills Akpan who was the pioneer secretary of PDP said there was nothing else APC would have done since they do not have anybody in the six political wards in Anam bloc.
“Oruk is the hub of APC in Oruk Anam. Chief Don Etiebet, Rt. Hon Emmanuel Ukoette(Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal constituency’ representative), Dr Amadu Attai (immediate past state chairman of APC) Dr. Udoma Ekarika, Engr. Jackson Ekaidem, Engr. Enobong Ntukidem who was the APC candidate in the December 02,2017 local government elections all come from Oruk bloc. It is indisputable that they choose their flag bearer from where they have people not from Anam that is 100% PDP.
Sir Ntefreh called on few misguided youth who participated in the 30 man protest to avoid the temptation of being used by greedy, self centred and power thirst politicians in the build up to the general election but rather should support the governor genuinely by throwing their weight behind the aspiration of Sir Udo Kierian who is a tested, trusted and experienced lawmaker as he seeks a fresh mandate.