A retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Prince Udom udo Ekpoudom has emerged as the Father of Modern Politics in Etim Ekpo local government area.
At an event attended by major stakeholders in Etim Ekpo politics at the retired DIG’s country home in Uruk Ata, Ikot Ebo, Etm Ekpo L.G.A on Friday 13th January, 2017, the ten wards and Coalition of Etim Ekpo political groups bestowed the honour on Prince Ekpoudom, a holder of three traditional titles in Etim Ekpo, including Abom Etim Ekpo and Nturukpom Annang,
Unveiling the portrait while presenting DIG Ekpoudom to hundreds of people who gathered from all parts of Etim Ekpo to witness the event, a former majority leader of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Imoh Ibokette noted that DIG Ekpoudom has restored the age-long tradition of bringing Etim Ekpo people together.
At the event which was also an opportunity for the people to celebrate the annual new year get- together always hosted by Ekpoudom, Ibokette said “God has finally visited Etim Ekpo. Our voice and unity have returned. DIG Ekpoudom has all it takes to ensure Etim Ekpo moves forward. Let us all therefore follow the vision to return our unassuming and progressive leader, Deacon Udom Emmanuel to the office of governor in 2019.”
Speaking after the enthronement of Ekpoudom and declaration of support by the people of Etim Ekpo to Governor Emmanuel to return to office in 2019, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Housing Mr. Akan Okon thanked the people first for the faith they had in the governor in 2015 which led to their supporting him.
He noted that the governor is keeping his campaign promises and will do more for the people of Etim Ekpo and the state at large
“Thank you for coming out again to support Governor Udom Emmanuel for 2019. The governor I can assure you will continue to unite the state and offer the people dividends of democracy” he stated
Appreciating the people for making DIG Ekpoudom their leader, he said “Any society without leadership will be confused. I thank you all for queuing behind DIG Ekpoudom. This is one man that has shown Nigeria direction when he worked in the police and I have no doubt in my mind that he will continue to offer his best services to Etim Ekpo local government and Akwa Ibom at large” he said
Appreciating the unity of purpose among the people, Mr. Akan Okon said. “The way you are going, election will be smooth in Etim Ekpo. Nobody will run away with ballot boxes. It will be one man, one vote. All I can say now is go and mobilize your people and let them all be involved in the endorsement programme.
DIG Udom Ekpoudom (rtd) (M) making remarks after his Installation as Father of Modern Politics in Etim Ekpo LGA and endorsement of Governor Udom Emmanuel for the 2019 Guber Race by the people of Etim Ekpo on Friday 13/1/2017.