…present to Transition Chairman, Hon Eshiet

Thousands of youths leaders and stakeholders from Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, have adopted Hon. Gideon Uwa, an aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as their sole chairmanship candidate for the October 26 chairmanship poll, citing his competence, loyalty and the need to sustain the tempo of grassroots governance in the area.

The youth stakeholders made up of Etim Ekpo Thinktank, Youth Caucus and Female Youths made this known today during a consultative visit and formal presentation of their preferred aspirant to the Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. (Elder) Ekpuk Eshiet at the Local Government Council Secretariat, Utu Etim Ekpo.

In a unanimous motion moved by the coordinator of the groups, Comr. Etinyene Offongekpe and seconded by the Secretary & Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, AmanamHillary Umo-Udofia said “the youths of Etim Ekpo are pleased with the decision of the elders to zone the Chairmanship ticket in the forthcoming elections to Utu Clan. That after a thorough search, they have identified Gideon Uwa as a competent youth who will sustain the developmental strides of the transition committee led by Hon. Ekpuk Eshiet”.

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Corroborating this position, the Former Councilor for Ward 10, Hon. Victor Umoh, who spoke on behalf of Utut Annang Clan, said “the youths of Utut Annang have vowed to work and ensure the success of the aspirant at the party primaries and general election due to his unmatched leadership track record”.

In the same vein, the Former Councillors of Ward 8 and Ward 7, Hon. Emem Isaac Udonkang and Hon. Ime Ukpong who spoke respectively for Obong and Uruk clan said “the youths of Etim Ekpo are committed to support and adopt Gideon Uwa as their sole candidate having served the youth cadre in various capacities thereby making him unarguably the best candidate for the job”.

In their separate speeches, the Former Councillor of Ward 5, Hon. Uyoata Essien (Utu clan) and immediate-past Deputy Leader of Council, Hon. Wisdom-Enang Saviour Dick (representative of female youths) said “the youths have promised to work assiduously for the emergence of the Gideon Uwa at the polls.”

In his remarks on behalf of the entirety of Etim Ekpo youths, the Youth Leader and guarantor of the project, Hon. Joseph Jim said the youths were proud to adopt Gideon Uwa with confidence noting that he will not disappoint the people of Etim Ekpo. “Without doubt, we are sure that Gideon Uwa will serve the people of Etim Ekpo diligently. That is why all of us are gathered here to guarantee and present him as the candidate who will meet the yearnings of our people.

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Speaking on behalf of the Etim Ekpo Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, the Chapter Chairman and Vice Chairman of Etim Ekpo Transition Committee, Hon. Aniekan Dan said the party has taken a stand to support the aspiration of Gideon Uwa. According to him “the party has resolved to support Gideon Uwa as the sole candidate of PDP in the upcoming council elections. I do not know about any other party or candidate in the PDP. We in the PDP have collectively adopted as a way to reward his commitment and loyalty to the party”.

In his response, the Etim Ekpo Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. (Elder) Ekpuk Eshiet who condemned what he termed as ‘facebook politics’ cautioned against those who have penchant for blackmail and propaganda. “Gideon Uwa was first introduced to me by Professor Moses Akpanudo and he has lived with me as his lecturer and teacher. He is the only aspirant who has consulted me officially and today he has earned my endorsement in this contest”.

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“I want to state here clearly that politics is not played on Facebook or social media. Anybody resorting to the politics of blackmail will not last long. The Etim Ekpo of today does not need somebody who will come to learn on the job, Etim Ekpo is no longer a learning field. Starting from this council secretariat, we must give it a standard facelift. We have planted over 10 hectares to support food sufficiency which is a critical component of the ARISE agenda of Pastor Umo Eno. I assure you of my support”, he added.

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