Eket Senatorial District Elders meeting with Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio in his country home in Ukana, Essien Udim LGA on Friday, January 19.
In attendance are stakeholders from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. The elders from ESD had earlier on Friday met the governor at Hilltop Mansion.
Top on the agenda is the resolution of the ongoing feud between Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Eairler, Eket Senatorial District Elders Forum, led Rt. Hon. (Chief) Nduese Essien, today Friday, 19th January 2018, paid a solidarity visit to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel at Government House, Uyo.
The group expressed appreciation to the Governor for appointing their illustrious son, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, as Secretary to the State Government and reiterated their unflinching support to his administration now and beyond 2019.
Governor Emmanuel Receives Eket Senatorial District Leaders, Sues For Federal Presence In Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel has again appealed to the federal government to consider executing some developmental projects in Akwa Ibom state in view of the huge contributions of the state to the national economy.
The governor said that it was quite unfair that a state that contributes the highest into the federal coffers, was yet to get a single kilometre of road project from the federal government.
Speaking while receiving the leadership of Eket Senatorial District Leaders Forum in his office, Governor Emmanuel decried the situation where the federal government is disbursing infrastructural development elsewhere, while the Eket senatorial district where the resources comes from, gets nothing.
Suing for continued peace and love in the state, the governor said it was unnecessary for people to start instigating crises in the name of politics.
He called for maturity from all, saying that the only message that was best for the state was that of unity, peace and love.
He said the visit was commendable as it also demonstrated that his people back home are solidly behind him.
Responding, the Forum of Eket Senatorial District Leaders through their chairman, Chief Nduese Essien thanked the governor for championing peace and unity among the entire geo-political zones in the state.
They appreciated the Governor over the appointment of one of their members, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, as the new Secretary to the State Government, describing him as a very admirable team player who will transfer his wealth of experience in public and private sector to the administration.
The Eket leaders said they were particularly worried when it appeared that a crisis was brewing, and threatening the very foundation of unity of the state, and had met immediately to seek ways of resolving the issues in the polity.
They said they were gratified when the former Governor and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, came out to disown the disturbing media reports, and also his reaffirmation of support to the governor.
The opposition members who are desperate to take Akwa Ibom by all means, are banking on any form of disunity among the PDP, and this the elders maintained should be avoided totally.
They commended Governor Emmanuel for his huge display of statesmanship and humility in handling the issue and restoring the confidence of his people, describing him as a good leader.
On the ongoing industries, roads and other infrastructural facilities springing up in the zone, they commended the Governor, adding that, “as the economic fortunes of our state improves, we wish to request that more attention be accorded our senatorial district in the allocation of projects, not only because of the low attention it had received from successive administrations in the past, but because of its unassailable position as the treasure base of the state.”