The leadership, ward exco and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ward 13, Oruk Anam local government Area have collectively endorsed Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan as the sole aspirant for the House of Assembly position come 2019. The irreversible decision was made yesterday, 23rd June, 2018 at the ward centre, Nnung-Ikot Ikot Udo Offiong, Oruk Anam. This adds to the previous endorsement enjoined by the lawmaker from other wards and political organizations across Oruk Anam LGA.
The motion for the endorsement of Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan was moved by Dr. Sunny Piate and seconded by Prince Nsikan Eduep, the chapter secretary of the Oruk Anam PDP, who is also from the ward. Speaking at the event, the leader of the ward, Hon. Elder Sunday Jack, asserted that the decision to endorsed Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian for re-election was based on his performance which has been felt in ward 13 and Oruk Anam in general. Also speaking, Rt. Hon. Basil Ediene, the acting president of Mboho Anam declared that the entire youth, women and elders of ward 13 will as in the past retain their support for Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan beyond 2019. The stance was corroborated by the party ward chairman and other party leaders and members in the ward.
Reacting to the endorsement, the state house member representing Oruk Anam state constituency and leader of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan, thanked the party leaders, members and people of ward 13 for revalidating their support for him and the PDP. He thanked the vice chairmanship candidate of the APC in the last election, Mr. Namso Udorok, who also decamped that day back to the PDP. He promised to continue to positively affect the life of the people of ward 13 and the entire Oruk Anam and called for continued support for the government of Gov. Udom Emmanuel. ‘’PDP is our party since 1999. Whatever we have gotten from the government since then is from the PDP, no other party has ever done anything for Oruk Anam or any individual and as such our support for the PDP must be resolute’’ He added.
The event was witnessed by the state Vice Chairman of the party, Hon. Pastor Cletus Eshiet, the leader of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan; the vice chairman of Oruk Anam LGA, Rt. Hon. Edwin Udofa; the Vice chairman of the Party, Mr. Ini Jumbo; the secretary of the party, Prince Nsikan Eduep; council supervisors- Hon. Moses Jonah and Hon. Etiutom Ediene; the acting president of Mboho Anam, Mr. Basil Ediene; the pioneer PDP chapter chairman of Oruk Anam, Sir S. J. Ntefre; PA to the governor, Hon. Namso Idiong; SA to Senator Akpabio on media, Mr. Anietie Ekong; Elder Okon Evans JP; Dr. Sunny Piate; Hon. Kingsley Frank; Mr. Paul Ero; the councilor representing ward 13; ward 13 chairman, entire exco and members of the PDP in ward 13 and other wards in Oruk Anam.