The people of Ekparakwa Ward 7 in Oruk Anam Local Government Area have said that the recent defection of member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Obongunwana Emmanuel Ukoette from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressive Congress, APC will not in any way affect their support and loyalty to PDP and the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel. They have therefore declared total support to PDP and the second term bid of Governor Udom.
The declaration was made recently at Ikot Ntuen, the home town of Oruk Anam Local Government Area Political Leader, Senator Itak Bob Ekarika.
Addressing the party faithful, the Oruk Anam political leader, Senator Itak Ekarika said that PDP, and Governor Udom Emmanuel will still win the 2019 governorship election. He said that those who defected to APC are people who have nothing to offer PDP in Oruk Anam and as such their defection will not in anyway affect the success of the party in the next election.
Senator Ekarika used the occasion to express the appreciation of Oruk Anam People to Governor Udom Emmanuel for appointing their sons into his government. He cited the appointment of Commissioner for Education, Pastor Paul Udofia, and Acting State Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham.
While thanking the party members for their contributions to the success of the party in the past, he charged them to do more to take the party to a greater height.
Speaking at the gathering, a former PDP Chapter Chairman in Oruk Anam, Sir Sylvester Ntefre warned members against being deceived by few elements who do not mean well for Oruk Anam. Ntefre who is a former commissioner in the Local Government Service Commission assured the faithful that the state government under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel has much in stock for them.
On his part, a former house of assembly member in the old Cross River State, Sir J.J Ekpat hailed members of the party for standing firm, and their support to the present administration. He described those that recently defected to APC as ingrates.
Others who spoke at the event include, ward 7 PDP youth leader, Uyoata Udoekpo, Anthony Donatus, Uwem Jerome, Aniekan William and PDP Chapter Youth Leader, Prince Nsenam Iwoketok, all promised the youths of the area for their steadfastness. They also blasted those decamping to APC, saying that they are selfish people who have ruined their political career.
While expressing confidence in the political leadership of Senator Ekarika, the youth leaders restated the support of the youths to the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel and promised to work toward his re-election come 2019. They also declared their support for Prince Ubong Idiong and urged him to contest and return to office as executive chairman of Oruk Anam.
The members of the ward equally expressed happiness to the special adviser to Governor Udom on Project Monitoring, Prince Sampson Idiong, saying that Idiong is a youth friendly leader who has the interest of Oruk Anam youths at heart.
The ward 7 woman leader, Deaconess Veronica Evans expressed satisfaction with the performance of their daughter, Mrs. Martha Udom saying that she has touched lives of Akwa Ibom women positively.
The Sensor learnt that Ekparakwa ward 7 had in recent years been a political battle ground in Oruk Anam as a result of being the host ward to many prominent politicians in both the local government area in particular and the state in general.
The ward is home of Senator Itak Ekarika, Dr. Udoma Attai, Director General of Umana Okon Umana campaign organization in 2015, Obong Sunny Udom, among others. The ward is also said to be the second most populated ward in Oruk Anam.
Present at the event were Elder Okon Udofia, Dr. Thursday Tim Akpan, Prince Hiaba Owo, Emmanuel Johnson, Etteyen Smith, Elder Eeme Charles, PDP Chapter and ward officers, past and present past political leaders from the area, youth and women groups.
Meanwhile, the Oruk Anam political leader, Senator Itak Ekarika has appealed to the state government to maintain the Ikot Ntuen – Ikot Okoro road, renovate public schools in ward 7, and as well appoint more indigenes of the ward into positions of authority.
This, he said, would go a long way t give the people of the ward a more sense of belonging.