2019: Council Boss Sets Ikot Ekpene On War Path

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Ikot Ekpene Local Government had a political crisis yesterday (Tuesday) as two different groups tried to take control of the main motor park in the area following the illegal dissolution of the Obong Uwem Imo Inyang led Exco of the Union on Monday by the Council Chairman.
Attempt to control the park by the supposed Park Management Committee members led to a free for all fight with many sustaining injuries.
According to an informed source, it took the intervention of the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel to arrest the situation through the Police who directed that the Chief Uwem Inyang Exco should continue while the Park Management Committee members were asked to steer clear from the motor park.
According to our source, Mr Unyime Etim allegedly terminated the tenure of the Inyang led Exco of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ikot Ekpene who were duly elected last year for a period of 4 years for allegedly not supporting the Elder Emmanuel Akpan’s House of Representative ambition championed by the Chairman and his boss, Mr Don Etim.
Political stakeholders from the area including Sen Emmanuel Ibok Essien, Ntufam Elijah Iyak, Mr. Nsikak Ekong, Pastor Sunny Ibuot had distanced themselves from the action of the Chairman and summoned an emergency Stakeholders meeting hours after the Chairman’s action to address the issue and forestall break down of law and order but the meeting was postponed when the chairman failed to show up.
A resident of Ikot Ekpene, Mr Emmanuel Ebuk thanked the Governor for his swift intervention and for preventing blood shed and crisis. He wondered why the chairman will take such decision at a time the security situation in Ikot Ekpene is still very porous.
Another resident of the area who spoke on grounds of anonymity said the Chairman was in the habit of causing crisis noting that his tenure has witnessed the the highest number of lives lost and crisis. He accused the chairman of personally causing the cult crisis that engulfed the city from 1st January, 2018. He described the attitude of the Chairman as childish and unbecoming of a Council boss.
This paper reliably gathered that the chairman is currently at loggerheads with the Political stakeholders of Ikot Ekpene following his support for Mr Emmanuel Akpan as against the resolve of majority of Ikot Ekpene people that it was her turn to produce the next House of Reps member. Consequently, the stakeholders have been boycotting meetings and other events organized by the Council Chairman.
The curfew declared in Ikot Ekpene has crippled the economy of Ikot Ekpene with many people relocating from the once peaceful area.
According to our source, Mr Unyime Etim allegedly terminated the tenure of the Inyang led Exco of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ikot Ekpene who were duly elected last year for a period of 4 years for allegedly not supporting the Elder Emmanuel Akpan’s House of Representative ambition championed by the Chairman and his boss, Mr Don Etim.
Political stakeholders from the area including Sen Emmanuel Ibok Essien, Ntufam Elijah Iyak, Mr. Nsikak Ekong, Pastor Sunny Ibuot had distanced themselves from the action of the Chairman and summoned an emergency Stakeholders meeting hours after the Chairman’s action to address the issue and forestall break down of law and order but the meeting was postponed when the chairman failed to show up.
A resident of Ikot Ekpene, Mr Emmanuel Ebuk thanked the Governor for his swift intervention and for preventing blood shed and crisis. He wondered why the chairman will take such decision at a time the security situation in Ikot Ekpene is still very porous.
Another resident of the area who spoke on grounds of anonymity said the Chairman was in the habit of causing crisis noting that his tenure has witnessed the the highest number of lives lost and crisis. He accused the chairman of personally causing the cult crisis that engulfed the city from 1st January, 2018. He described the attitude of the Chairman as childish and unbecoming of a Council boss.
This paper reliably gathered that the chairman is currently at loggerheads with the Political stakeholders of Ikot Ekpene following his support for Mr Emmanuel Akpan as against the resolve of majority of Ikot Ekpene people that it was her turn to produce the next House of Reps member. Consequently, the stakeholders have been boycotting meetings and other events organized by the Council Chairman.
The curfew declared in Ikot Ekpene has crippled the economy of Ikot Ekpene with many people relocating from the once peaceful area.

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