2019: Chris Ekpenyong Predicts Udom’s Defection


The former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Chris Ekpenyong popularly known as ‘Ukara-akpa’ has said that he is ready to follow the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to any other political party should the Governor decided to leave the state ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019 governorship election in the state.
Ekpenyong stated this yesterday during the Commissioning of Phase one 6.41km Nto Edino – Ekwere Asu Road by the State Governor on Tuesday 23rd May, 2017.
In his goodwill message to the Governor, the former Deputy Governor who hails from the area regretted that despite his effort to attract development to his community while in office as Deputy Governor, he couldn’t construct the road which he described as the most economical in Obot Akara Local Government Area.
According to him, the road has been in deplorable state since when he was 14 years old and had consumed many lives until the intervention by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“Your Excellency, you have governed us well and provided effective leadership, doing incredible projects. I thank you for coming to the rescue of my community by constructing this road, linking it with our neighbouring State, Abia. I drove to the end of the road to assess the quality of work done before coming to this place and I am very excited with you and the construction company,” he said.
Further, Ekpenyong who is also a former Governorship aspirant assured the Governor that with the commissioning of the road, he will not only support his re-election in 2019, but will remain with him in PDP or any other party the governor may go.
In his word, “Your Excellency, I had wanted to be a Governor of your type, but I couldn’t and God rather brought you as the Governor of my type. I happy to have you as the Governor. I assure you that I will campaign for your second term in Obot Akara Local Government and Akwa Ibom State in general.”
Reacting to the former Deputy Governor’s comment, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday Uko who is also from the area told the Governor that in as much as Chris Ekpenyong has joined the Governor’s team with a pledge to mobilize support for the Governor and PDP, there won’t be anything to worry about in Obot Akara as according to him, he (Ekpenyong) has always been the only political headache for the ruling party in the area.
Responding, the Governor extolled the former Deputy Governor for his support to the present Government and also thanked the people of the area for their steadfastness and believe in the PDP government.
While emphasising that his government is committed to keeping the promises it made in 2015, Udom assured the people of Obot Akara more of government programs and life touching projects, even as he said that at the completion of the Nto Edino – Ekwere Asu Road, more roads will be considered in the area.