The Father of Modern Politics in Etim Ekpo local government area, DIG Udom Udo Ekpoudom (Rtd) has assured the people of Etim Ekpo that in line with the direction, given by Governor Udom Emmanuel to avoid thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes and violence of all kinds during elections, he will use his position in the local government to ensure that those who in time past engaged in all kinds of election malpractices are not allowed to do so again.
He made this declaration when the Association of Former Elected Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and Councilors in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently.
He said “In life generally a leader’s character directs the action of followers. Everyone in this state is now fully aware that Governor Udom Emmanuel is a gentleman, a Christian and democrat who is against violence and electoral malpractices.
So those of us who are supporting Governor Emmanuel have no choice than to behave like the governor. We therefore won’t allow people with evil intentions to execute politics of violence and bitterness which they have been practising for so long without bringing about any progress in the life of Etim Ekpo people and the communities”
Reacting to the action of a group which quickly did a press conference after Etim Ekpo people made him the Father of Modern politics; Ekpoudom said “I only did the usual thing to organize the yearly get-together for my people at my country home. I have been doing it for several years but I was also surprised that the people decided to make me the Father of Modern Polities in Etim Ekpo. My understanding of the whole thing is that they wanted a man who could cement the bonds of unity in Etim Ekpo L.G.A as a father will do. The idea which has been misconstrued by persons who have been like vassal rulers in Etim Ekpo (Using the name of the people to get positions and build their own empires) is that Etim Ekpo people are tired of a particular person or set of people who have continued to pocket what belonged to everyone. I can only promise you one thing and this is on my honour that.
I will act like a father not a ruler. I will ensure that what is due to every one of you in Etim Ekpo is given to you. Those who are having hypertension since I retired from the police and joined politics should realize that I am not the one pushing for anything but Etim Ekpo people have asked me to lead the rescue team.