The leader of the Akwa Ibom state house of Assembly and member representing Oruk Anam state constituency, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan has called on Oruk Anam women to vote en masse for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the 2019 elections as politicians notorious for cheating Oruk Anam people are now in the All Progressives Congress (APC). The house leader stated that “one of the APC candidates is owing us 8 years debt. He hasn’t thanked Oruk Anam and Ukanafun people for all they did for him in two elections. I’ve never disgraced you, I’m not silent in the hallowed chamber and I equally rep you well down here. I’ve never embarrassed Oruk Anam people. Vote for the PDP, vote for the umbrella. I’ll always be with you”.
Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan while addressing the women charged them to lead in the campaign for the reelection of Gov. Udom Emmanuel and other PDP candidates in the 2019 elections. The leader who is also the PDP state house of assembly candidate for Oruk Anam made what has been described as a clarion call by the women during a thank you meeting he and his wife, Lady Ime Kierian Akpan had with thousands of women drawn from the 173 political units in Oruk Anam at his home town, Ikot Esenam on Tuesday, 24th December, 2018.
In his speech, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan further stated, “I sent for you across all the political units in Oruk Anam. First to say thank you and to please send you on an errand. Thank you for giving birth to good children in Oruk Anam. These days its rare to have good and peace loving children, we are privileged in Oruk Anam and that is mostly because of the role of you played. I thank you for the support you’ve given to me and Gov. Udom Emmanuel for more than 7 years. I’ve seen your support. There’s not even a time I invite you and you don’t come. Thank you for what you did in the past years and even for what you will do in the future.” He continued, ”The errand am sending you is that you, including other women at home which we will soon host should volunteer to lead in the campaign for the reelection of our son-in-law, Gov. Udom Emmanuel. As I stated two days ago when I met with our royal fathers and other community leaders from the 168 villages in Oruk Anam, election will be done in villages, not in Uyo. Elections will be done in villages and taken to Uyo. Therefore, work in your various units. On the 16th of February, cast your vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as your president, Obong Christopher Ekpenyong as your senator and Mr Unyime Idem as your member, House of representatives. The 2nd of March is the day of the reelection of our son-in-law, Gov. Udom Emmanuel and my very own. We are not compromising, it must be PDP candidates all through.
Responding on behalf of the women, the PDP woman leader, Hon. Grace Ikpon thanked Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan for his good representation and numerous support to the women. She described the house leader as a man who ‘is ready for the business of politics’ and a man who right from his school days was a ‘strong’ politician and always ready for any challenge. She promised that the women will vote for only PDP candidates in the 2019 elections.
Other dignitaries present during the event included the Ikot Ekpene senatorial district vice chairman of the PDP, Pastor Cletus Eshiet; the chapter chairman, Pastor Jacob King; Sir S. J. Ntefre; Pastor Mrs Eno Jacob King; Hon. Mrs Regina Ekuriku; Hon. Namso Idiong; Hon. Okon S. Ekpo; Princess Aniema Etiebet; Hon. Ubong Vitalis; chapter and ward executive members of the PDP, councillors; women leaders among others.
The women were feted with food items, clothing materials and cash by the state house member.