Governor Udom Emmanuel’s re-election bid has received a nod from Ikot Edeghe community the hometown of the former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Valerie Ebe who recently announced her defection to All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing a jubilant crowd in his compound, the Village Head of Ikot Edeghe in Ukpum Maya Ward 1 in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, Chief Emmanuel Udo extolled Governor Emmanuel for constructing access roads into the community adding that Ikot Edeghe is a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stronghold.
The Chairman of the Village Council, Dennis Ini Essien in his remark stated that the community has benefited from Udom’s administration with the establishment of a coconut refinery in Odoro Ikot community in Mkpat Enin LGA. He pledged the support of the council and indigenes of Ikot Edeghe towards the Governor’s re-election.
A former Chief Security Officer to the APC youth leader in Akwa Ibom state, Uwana Inyang Michael who led hundreds of defectors from APC to PDP said neighbouring communities Ikot Ekop and Ndon Obodon were without water and power supply even though Mkpat Enin had a three term federal law maker. He added that within a short time he contacted the Governor’s aide on power, Engr. Meyen Etukudo, a power transformer was installed in the community.
Speaking during the solidarity visit, the Political Leader of Ukpum Maya Ward 3 and Special Assistant on Power to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Engr. Meyen Etukudo said the 132/33kV, 2 x 60MVA transmission substation at Ekim in Mkpat Enin will be commissioned soon stating further that a transformer has been installed at Assong community while work has commenced for the installation of a power transformer in Ikot Edeghe which will be completed before month end.
“We have installed transformers at villages in Mkpat Enin such as Ikot Abasi Ufon, Ikot Afaha, Ika nung kung, Etuk nung Okum, Ikot Otot, Ikot Akpabio Ika among several other power intervention projects in Mkpat Enin” the Governor’s aide stated.
In a related development, an aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel and the political Leader of Ukpum Maya Ward 3, Engr. Meyen Etukudo has charged PDP stalwarts at the ward to promote the development projects of the Governor and quell all misleading information from opposition.
Engr. Etukudo spoke at the PDP Ward congress held to elect party delegates where he charged loyal party members to work towards winning their units and wards for the PDP. He stated that since 2015, the five villages in Ukpum Maya ward 3 have benefited from the leadership of PDP through various empowerment schemes and challenged opposition politicians to mention what they have done for the ward.
“Ukpum Maya ward 3 is a pace setter among other wards in Mkpat Enin, we must embark on door to door, village to village sensitization to take charge of our ward, render support to other wards and make sure the focus is Udom’s return in 2019” Engr. Etukudo charged.
Other stakeholders at the meeting were the Ward Chairman, Udo Benison Etukudo, former Transition Chairman of Mkpat Enin, Mrs Ekaette Usip and the Vice Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, Prof. Eno Ibanga.
Mkpat Enin LGA reportedly has 120 Polling units and 14 wards, which according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the highest number of wards in Akwa Ibom state.