Esit Eket People Celebrate Udoms Supreme Court Victory

By Atangakpaniko Essien Ndueso
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As the people of Akwa Ibom Jubilates the affirmation of Governor Udom Emmanuel election by the Supreme Court, the people of Esit Eket Friday besieged the Esit Eket country home of Elder Benjamin Udobia, deputy Director general of divine mandate project to thank God for answering their prayers.

Welcoming the jubilant and enthusiastic crowd of faithful supporters, Elder Ben Udobia who cited Psalms 124:6 said, “If God was not with us, we would have been crushed by the enemies and our people would have been under bondage and shame. But God’s plans for us are the best and when he opens the door no man can close.

Udobia who was present at the Supreme Court during the ruling on the matter, said it was unfortunate that the free mandate he and his people overwhelmingly gave to the governor had become such an issue of contention because of lies and propaganda of the opposition.

He said that in spite of the lean economic resources and the distractions during the legal tussle, Governor Emmanuel has silenced critics and has performed well, as his projects in 7 months surpass two years achievements of governments elsewhere.

He called on all to maintain unwavering support to the governor, adding that with the mantle of leadership now supremely confirmed, the people will never be caged by poverty.

In a solidarity message the chairman on the occasion and Chairman of Eket Senatorial District Assembly, Chief Nduese Essien, thanked all for coming out to celebrate Governor Udom Emmanuel's victory.

"We in Eket Nation agitated for the zoning of Governorship to Eket Senatorial District and my choice for Udom Emmanuel as the most efficient and dynamic among other qualified indigenous aspirants was misconstrued, but, today it's my pleasure to join in celebrating the rapid development plans he has unfolded in the state in such a short period”.

While recounting the various projects by the state government into the Eket Federal constituency, he advised the people to encourage the government by being friendly with the contractors and investors. You must always allow projects into your area and avoid unnecessary demands. When Mobil came to Eket in 1970 we allowed them to operate freely until they where firmly rooted, and by 1979 Our people approached and asked them to carry us along.”

The paramount ruler of Esit Eket, Edidem Ubong Peter Assam told his subjects that visitors are coming in to survey and bring development into the area. “I am asking the youths to respect these strangers and encourage them to work and actualize the respective projects that our son the Governor is bringing into our communities.”

Earlier, in setting the tone, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia Jnr the immediate past federal lawmaker for Eket Federal Constintuency Esit Eket, appreciated God on the judicial victory and called on all to remain calm and support the governor to churn out development to the state.

Barr. Abia who was a member of the Governor’s legal Team At The Apex Court, reminded the people that Gov Emmanuel has been at home with Esit Eket people in terms of project and appointments, adding that, “if it has not gotten to your doorsteps, be patient, just as the elders have said, let’s wait for the new companies to settle down before we make demands.”

Retired General Anthony Etukudo, alongside the Transition chairman of Esit Eket Mr. Iniobong Robson and that of Eket Mr. Frank Archibong, Chief William Mkpa from Ibeno and Obong Patrick Ifon a former Onna local government chairman, where among those who applauded the political leader, Elder Benjamin Udobia for leading them to support Governor Emmanuel and express hope that poverty which is seen as a menace will be captured and arrested by the government.

It was merry, wining and pomp and ceremony as various dance steps, songs and cheering rented the air.

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