…cite qualification, experience as reasons

By our correspondent

Ahead of next year’s polls, elders of Akwa Ibom Northeast Senatorial District, have unanimously adopted the candidate of The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rt.Hon Dr Emaeyak Ukpong to represent them at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Abuja.

The APC elders drawn from the Nine (9) local government areas of the district stated this today, Saturday November 5, 2022, when the 2023 Senatorial District hopeful, Dr Emaeyak Ukpong consulted them formally on his 2023 Senatorial ambition.

The elders who took turns to extol the sterling qualities of the former University don who is also a former member representing Uyo Federal Constituency said their decision was informed by his wealth of experience in National legislature.

Speaking separately at the event, the first Minority Whip of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Ime Mbom and Managing Director of Assur Electronics, Obong Dr. Friday Etuk corroborated that if experience, quality representation and past records were the questions, then Dr. Emaeyak Ukpong was the answer.

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“Among those who are contesting for the Senatorial election in Akwa Ibom Northeast Senatorial District, the best is Rt. Hon (Dr.) Emaeyak Ukpong. I am saying this because I know he has a vast wealth of experience as a federal legislature. He had been in the federal House of Representatives in Abuja where he represented the good people of Uyo Federal Constituency in 1999.

During his time, he brought a lot of infrastructure as part of his Constituency projects. If you won’t mind I can name some of them. It is Dr Emaeyak Ukpong that brought water project to Eman Ikot Eboi in Uruan local government area. He replicated same across the four local government areas of the federal Constituency including electrification projects. This is just to mention but a few.

“Besides that, Dr. Emaeyak Ukpong is the most qualified in terms of academic qualification, experience as a former member of the National Assembly, a former Council Chairman, a former University lecturer, a former chairman of ASUU, and so on. So, Uyo people can not make the mistake of not electing someone who would be regarded as a ranking Senator in the Senate”, Hon (Eng) Ime Mbom said.

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On his part, Obong (Dr) Friday Etuk who is the Chairman of the Uyo Senatorial District Campaign Team said “One of the problems we have in this country is electing wrong people to important positions. A Senator must have certain characteristics and Emaeyak Ukpong has all the qualities, he has all it takes to be a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Uyo Senatorial District.

“I will vote for him and I will also urge all the good people of the Senatorial District who want the best for our people to vote for him. So far, I thank God for the overwhelming support he’s enjoying in the Senatorial District across party lines. Dr Emaeyak is loved and cherished by people even outside of the APC. Everyone knows him to be eminently qualified in terms of maturity and otherwise for the 2023 Senate job”

Earlier in his speech, the Senatorial hopeful, Emaeyak Ukpong had assured the Uyo Senatorial District Elders that if voted to represent them in the Senate next year, he would ensure the implementation of his lofty ideas for the people.

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In a post event press statement, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign Team for Uyo Senatorial District codenamed Barasuene Empowerment Team (BET); Mr. Ime Silas, while thanking the elders for their magnanimity in endorsing his principal, urged all eligible voters in the district to BET Dr. Emaeyak Ukpong come 2023 for effective legislative representation.

Also present at the consultative meeting was a former member representing Uyo Federal Constituency and former Senatorial aspirant, Rt. Hon Emmanuel Ekpenyong a.k.a Tempo who is the Director-General of the Uyo Senatorial District 2023 Campaign Team.

Others were Obong Ime Gamble, Elder Monday Akrasi, Bar. Nkanga, Dr. Chris Enoch, Obonganwan Dorothy Okure, Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa Edem, Elder Monday Udo and Obong Eto Jordan.

Also in attendance were State Executive members and Chapter Chairmen of the APC of Uyo Senatorial District extraction amongst other dignitaries.