What was meant to serve as campaign for the upcoming elections to fill positions of Chairman and Councillors in Etim Ekpo turned sour as thugs allegedly sponsored by a former Commissioner,Barr Emmanuel Enoidem rained attack on supporters of the member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo Ika Federal Constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Ekon
A source who was present at the campaign ground informed our Reporter that the alleged hired thugs spared no weapon as they launched attacks on the Lawmaker’s supporters who came out to welcome him with placards to demonstrate their solidarity as they were pelted with stones, sticks and other dangerous weapons.
The source said trouble started when the one Godson Uwah ordered thugs to collect and destroy flex banners and other campaign materials from the youths who accompanied Mr. Emmanuel Ekon to the venue.
Available sources said the attack was allegedly orchestrated by Godson Uwah on the orders of Enoidem as a result the rising profile of Mr. Emmanuel Ekon and for daring to challenge the impunity that has trailed the security crisis in some parts of Etim Ekpo Local Government Area. It however took the swift intervention of Mr. Emmanuel Ekon to restore calm and order as he tasked his supporters to remain peaceful and not take laws into their hands.
The attack on Mr. Emmanuel Ekon and his supporters by the hired thugs was just a tip of the iceberg as the flag-off took a dramatic turn after Enoidem turned the Local Government campaign to 2019 campaign when he openly said that the House of Representatives seat has been zoned to Abak Local Government Area.
One of Mr. Emmanuel Ekon’s supporter who was beaten by the hired thugs said that the intention is to discredit the State Government and make it look irresponsible and incompetent. But the Governor has kept his feet on the ground for robust administration. He noted that Emmanuel Ekon is trusted by the people of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency.
Another witness, who refused to disclose his identity said that the people are taking stocks of people who are using their undeserved privileged positions to tarnish the image of the state and federal constituency to stoke tension and make it look investment unworthy. The time of reckoning shall come for the people to choose between the enemies of the federal constituency and those who wish the federal constituency well. 2019 will unmask their ugly faces.