Not less than three hundred Essien Udim Youths in a meeting with Senator Christopher Ekpenyong over the weekend assured him of their readiness to turn out in their numbers on any date the INEC will fix for the rerun, to vote and also defend their votes. They assured the Senator that majority of Essien Udim Youths are committed to work for his total victory at the polls describing those who have not signed on to the senator’s team as a blind minority.
The youths expressed satisfaction over the representation of the senator in the past few months and expressed their hopes that given a full term, the people of the Senatorial District will receive more dividends of democracy than they had received in the past years. They further expressed their sentiments over the possible decision of Chief Godswill Akpabio to resign as minister to seek a rerun for the Senate. They said such decision will confirm their stands that Chief Akpabio is simply on an ego trip and is not acting in the best interest of the Senatorial District. They however assured the Senator that such decision will end in tears for Chief Akpabio as he will in doing so, lose his ministerial deak and also the Senatorial seat.
In his response, the Senator represented by the DG of his campaign organisation, Obong Inuaeyen thanked the youths for their solidarity and charged them to remain resolute in their decision to support the PDP and Senator Ekpenyong in the interest of the Senatorial District.
In a related development, the State Chairman of the PDP, Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo in a press briefing over the weekend revealed that the party shall in no time commence rigorous campaigns in Essien Udim Local Government Area for the rerun elections for the National Assembly seats and called on party faithfuls to remain committed to the ideals of the party. He assured Essien Udim people that the party at the centre is fully committed to ensuring that the victory which the PDP had already won in the Senatorial District/Federal Constituency is sustained.