GROUP URGES PAT IFON TO CONTEST EKET FEDERAL HOUSE SEAT.
By Assam Abia.
Youths of Eket, Onna, Esit-Eket and Ibeno local government Areas of Akwa Ibom State under the aegis “Coalition of Eket Federal Constituency Youths for Udom Emmanuel” have called on a former chairman of Onna Hon Pat Ifon to step out and contest as member representing the area in the National Assembly come 2019.
In a release made available to newsmen and signed by Ekpeyo Michael Umoh, coordinator, Ulaeto Edyang, secretary, Edohoeket Joseph, PRO and Comfort Adiakpan, women leader, the group said the constituency needed a more vibrant representation in the green chambers of the National Assembly come 2019.
“Eket Federal Constituency has suffered lackluster representation in the House of Representative over the past three years as occupied by Mrs Owoidehe Ekpoattai and we do not wish such a retrogressive situation to continue in years ahead”,
“Having painstakingly done a thorough review of the situation, we wish to appeal on Hon Pat Ifon, former chairman of Onna local government area and present secretary of AKISIEC to step forward and represent Eket Federal Constituency in 2019”, the release stated.
The youths said their choice of Mr Ifon was informed by his track record, pedigree and competency, adding that the hallow chambers of the House of Representative needed a tested, vibrant and outspoken person who will attract positive development to the constituency.
“Our present representative has done her best but we see her best as not good enough for the overall interest of Eket Federal constituency, we need a replacement, hence the need for this call”, the release further stated.
The group acknowledged the performance of governor Udom Emmanuel in terms of infrastructure and manpower development which they said is creating employment opportunities for youths of the State.
They commended the State Chief executive for the ongoing construction of Eket Stadium which at the moment is engaging over five hundred workers and the long term benefits of the edifice when completed.
The group averred that governor Udom’s second term was not negotiable and called on all Akwaibomites to outgrow partisan politics of acrimony by supporting the governor to deliver more to the State.