The people of Etim Ekpo Local Government Area under the platforms of Etim Ekpo Local Government Area caretaker committee, PDP Chapter and Ward Executives, Past Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Leaders of council, secretaries, former State Exco Members of PDP, current/former members of National and State Assemblies and PDP Stakeholders in Etim Ekpo have rejected retired DIG Udom Ekpoudom as their acclaimed political leader.
In a press conference on Thursday, 26th January 2017 held at the Council Hall entitled, “Etim Ekpo is one, under one leader”, The people said that there is no vacancy in the position of political leader of Etim Ekpo, “We do not recognize any political father, uncle, mother, sister, brother or daughter that Mr. Udom Ekpoudom may wish to confer on himself, there is one and only one political leader in Etim Ekpo and that person is Chief (Sir) A. S. Akpan (Apex)”.
The press conference text which was signed by 98 stakeholders and presented by the former Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nse Ekanem also read in parts, “Political leadership in Etim Ekpo is not bought and is not for sale. It is not bestowed by non-indigenes, neither is it awarded because of connections with security forces. It is normally sanctioned and conferred by political stakeholders on one of theirs as was openly, freely and rightly conferred on Chief Apex.
“It bears to be pointed out that Governor Udom Emmanuel’s nomination and election in Etim Ekpo was midwived in Chief Apex’s house while those struggling to be political leaders today were openly against the governor’s aspiration, it is indeed too early to forget certain things.
“Let us make it abundantly clear that politics in Etim Ekpo is well structured and organized with known commanders. It is this structure that has always produced the desired results. This structure has always been there without any division and producing results before the coming of Mr. Udom Ekpoudom into the politics of Etim Ekpo Local Government Area in 2011. We wish therefore to caution in very strong terms all those who are over ambitious, that they check their ego and greed.”
The people of Etim Ekpo also resolved that “Etim Ekpo L. G. A is solidly and completely PDP. “We Therefore, in one accord hereby endorse and adopt His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as our sole candidate for 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, on account of his numerous developmental projects and superior performance.
We also resolve in furtherance of our support that at the appropriate time, we shall procure at our own cost, the PDP governorship nomination form and present to His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his election in 2019.”
They emphasized that “The only known and acceptable political leader of Etim Ekpo Local Government Area is Obong (Sir) A. S. Akpan (Apex). “Accordingly, we do hereby denounce and reject Mr. Udom Ekpoudom as the political father or father of modern politics in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area. We vehemently disassociate ourselves and the entire PDP family in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area completely and totally from the self-serving so-called political fatherhood of Mr. Udom Ekpoudom or any other person in his ilk for that matter.”
Earlier, the former Commissioner in the State, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem had said that the essence of the press conference was to avoid any wrong impression that the event of Friday, 13th January 2017 in Mr. Udom Ekpoudom (DIG Rtd) invited a cross section of the people of Etim Ekpo and some distinguished personalities in the state to his country home at Uruk Ata Ikot Ebo in the name of interactive session and new year get together where it was pounced that the political leadership of the area has been conferred on DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd).
When Century Newsfront contacted for his reaction, DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd) said the exercise was laughable as it was orchestrated by jobless political fanatics, “as you can see, this is my office, I am always very busy, those people are jobless, they are what they are today because of politics, I am not what I am today because of politics, I am a retired DIG, you don’t fly to get it. The whole exercise is laughable, when I have chance I will critically study their press conference text and decide whether to react or not”.