By Mbosowo Essien
Barely forty -Eight (48) hours after the Official inauguration of the IBOROAKAM 2019 CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE, the campaign team on Saturday started her consultation to major political bigwigs in the local government bloc to notify of the aspiration of Rt. Hon.(Elder) to run for a second term in 2019.
The campaign train first point of call was the farm house of the Political leader of Ibesikpo Asutan/Uyo Federal Constituency, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk.
Breaking the silence, the Director General of the Campaign Organization, Barr. MD Dan Gospel said the campaign team decided to make the Political Leader’s house the first point of call because he has been a stabilizing force in the politics of Ibesikpo Asutan, and therefore deserves such honour.
Making known the purpose of the visit, Barr. Dan Gospel told the political leader that they decided to cue behind Elder Aniekan Uko because he has raised the bar of representation and therefore deserves a second shot.
“My Leader, we came to intimate you of a course that will succeed as far as Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency for 2019 is concerned
My Leader history are created by great men of exploit. Enough of the one term drama in Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency because it doesn’t take us to the ranking cadre in the house, so sir we are poised to change the status quo and the only man to be the John the Baptist for us, is our man, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Aniekan Uko. Sir, without mincing words we came to establish continuity that is why I introduce to you the man for that responsibility, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Aniekan Uko, the “IBOROAKAM”of our time,” he paused.
Speaking, Elder Aniekan Uko thanked the Ibesikpo Asutan political leader for keeping open his door to receive the campaign team.
“My Leader, for me, this is the day that the Lord has made and me as a person am glad to be part of it.
“My Leader, I want to use this opportunity to thank you for your consistency in politics which has made me one of your greatest benefactor. Though, I am not a saint, but I owe you deep respect.
Sir, the constitution of this campaign committee is not intended to spite anybody or group of persons. If u take a critical look, all the political stratas are represented.
“My Leader, people have said a whole lot of things about my aspiration for a second term, but contrary to their opinations sir, I am not seeking a return because there is no one in Asutan as claimed, but the truth sir, is that I want is to rise above being ordinary member, and rather step into the ranking cadre to benefit our people more and add value to zoning in Ibesikpo Asutan.
“My Leader, today I humbly came to you as my first point of call for your blessings to enable me forge ahead with my aspiration.
“You have groomed me politically. Every of what have been politically, I can openly say has been masterminded by you, so am exceedingly greatful and I promise not to disappoint you and the people of Ibesikpo Asutan in my future representation.
“My mentor, I have had persuations from almost all the wards to recontest for the past three months, but I was carefully been counting my delegates, so now that I am sure, I offer myself for service”, he concluded.
Responding, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk said he was humbled to be the first to play host to IBOROAKAM 2019 Campaign Organization Committee maintaining that he is pleased by the calibre of the aspirant whom he said is a young, astute and vibrant politician.
“I am so pleased with the calibre of aspirant, my very own Aniekan Uko. In every political office God has used us to place Elder Aniekan Uko, he has not dissapointed us and that is a good credential for a higher calling.
For the aspiration to seek a return for a second term, I think is a good development because let truth be told, it’s very difficult for a first timer to attain the ranking cadre and this has been a minus to us for the past years.
The issue doesn’t warrant any fight. It’s simple. This other clan goes for eight (8)years when it comes back the other goes for the same eight(8)and the arrangement in addition to not distorting zoning, will place us in house leadership position perpetually.
“Aniekan Uko has represented us very well, even the critics have not disputed that fact, so let start now to build ‘political capacity’ in Ibesikpo Asutan by supporting the second term bid of the Ibesikpo Asutan representative in the state House of Assembly.
While pleading with members to help in the information of the ongoing PVC registration, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk wished the campaign train success in their endeavours.
High point was the blessing of the aspirant, Elder Aniekan Uko by the Political Leader for success in his aspiration.
The campaign team equally moved to the domain of Obong Donatus Noah(a.k.a Iberedem Ekpe), a prominent political heavyweight in Asutan Ekpe kingdom and that of the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman for Ibesikpo Asutan, Elder Okon Exeter Offiong(a.k. Ojare) who both gave their blessings.
While Obong Iberedem Ekpe urged Aniekan Uko to continue, having carved a nitch for himself in quality representation and spread of democratic dividends, Elder Okon Edet Offiong sees Uko as a courageous politician that will consolidate and bring the dividends of democracy to his people and assured him of the party’s support.