By Dan Etokidem
It was a uniquely electrifying moment, more of a homecoming as the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno and members of the Umo Eno Campaign Organization arrived Ati Annang Hall, Ikot Ekpene, venue of his adoption and endorsement as the preferred choice for the 2023 Governorship election by Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Youths.
Setting the tone for the gathering, the Chairman, Ikot Ekpene local government area, Hon Uyime Etim, said he is pleased to receive and host the team, explaining that the Pastor Eno’s philosophy of “Connecting the dots” means he has already identified the dots to be so connected and pledged the determination of youths of the Senatorial district to his 2023 gubernatorial ambition.
“We’ll give you the votes, protect the votes and deliver our votes to you come 2023”, he submitted.
Also speaking, the Director General, DG, Umo Eno Campaign Organization, Amb. Assam Assam, SAN, thanked the Youths for their hospitality despite coming two hours behind schedule owing to a prior engagement with Akwa Ibom Women.
“Today I came with all these your brothers and sisters to consult you formally and to solicit the support and solidarity of the Senatorial district towards the 2023 Umo Eno project. What you are doing now is a mass movement and the only people who can drive this mass movement are the Youths. You have the energy and the link. Umo Eno is passionate and emotional about the Youths and their future. He won’t disappoint the Youths and the state”, he declared.
On his part, the National Chairman, Maintain Peace Movement, MPM, Hon Barr Emmanuel Enoidem said Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District youths “are an army of young men and women who have been with us since 1999 when majority of them were very young. These youths, their Yes is Yes and their No is No both at day and night. You can go to war with them. We have gone to various political battles with them and we have never failed any. They will support you at the elections and defend your administration for the next eight years”, he assured.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon Sir Monday Uko said, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District youths are people Pastor Umo Eno can rely on.
“These are men you can rely on. I have been a Commissioner for Youths and Sports for a number of years, these are my pillars. They are for you and with you. These young men will surprise you, they will stand by you, they will remain with you”, he assured.
Hon Uko described Pastor Eno as his colleague in the hospitality industry, in MPM and in the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council who will never disappoint the Youths and urged the Youths to adopt and support him as Governor for the next eight years.
Also speaking, Senator Effiong Bob described Pastor Umo Eno as a man who is competent and trustworthy and as such he can offer himself as a guarantor, surety and collateral for Umo Eno.
“Umo Eno will not disappoint the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District youths and Akwa Ibom people. The caliber of eminent sons and daughters of the state in Umo Eno’s Consultation Team is a testimony of his being dependable, competent and trustworthy”, he stated.
Addressing the Youths, the leading 2023 PDP Governorship aspirant, Pastor Umo Eno, thanked God for the day, assuring that he is committed to the Youths of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.
“I am committed because I feel your pain. I understand how to connect with you. I understand how to strive without help. I understand how God can raise someone from the dust. I’m very passionate about the Youths. I will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in Akwa Ibom. We know how to create jobs, make enterprise work, learn skills that will put them in the front of life. I promise to make Ikot Ekpene a business hub”, he pledged.
He noted that if nothing is done fast in the next two years things will spiral out of control in Nigeria due to unemployment, promising to establish a Directorate of Employment and have a data base. He promised to create, enterprise, work on rural development and create tourism as a wealth generating venture.
“Rafia City will be rebranded and put on the world map so that our Youths can do business and earn decent and comfortable living”, he said.
On their part, the youths in a communique issued and read by Hon Prince Ikim, after a goodwill message by the Chairman of Essien Udim LGA, Hon Anthony Luke, said following the recent political developments in Akwa Ibom State and Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District) on the 2023 Completion Agenda and succession plan of Governor Udom Emmanuel, the Youth leaders and the respective youth structures in the Senatorial District which include; Youth Caucus, Youth Council, DAKKADA Youths, Village Youths, Christian Youths, MPM Youths and the Female Youths convoked under their Leader, Prince Ikim and other leaders to throw their weight behind the Governor’s choice of Pastor Umo Bassey Eno as his successor.
The Youth groups noted that they adopt, support and endorse the choice of Pastor Umo Bassey Eno as Governor Udom’s successor come 2023 and acknowledge the developmental strides of his administration in the area of industrialization, Aviation and Maritime Development, Education, Infrastructural Development, Health, Empowerment, Youth and Women engagement in governance amongst others.
According to the Youths, “We also draw the attention of the populace in Akwa Ibom State to the effect that, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is yearning for effective representation in the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria”.
“After much deliberations and consideration of power devolution, the youths have come to the irresistible conclusion that, the Senatorial seat in 2023 should be afforded a person with an enviable pedigree such as Barr Emmanuel Enoidem”.
“We also reiterate that, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno is a consummate industrialist and an employer of labour spanning several years within and outside Akwa Ibom State, who has the requisite and cognate prowess to drive forward the industrialization agenda of the present administration”
The Senatorial Youths stated that Barr Emmanuel Enoidem having already occupied a space in the national politics of Nigeria and having attained a height and held the office of the National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, remains the most tested, trusted, dependable and politically expedient choice for Senate.
The Communique therefore passed a vote of confidence on His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, and noted with delight that the Governor, by virtue of his being the leader of the party, they have decided to give their unalloyed and unwavering support to his 2023 completion agenda.
The Youths unanimously endorsed and adopted Pastor Umo Eno as their sole candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 gubernatorial race as well as Barr Emmanuel Enoidem as the only Senatorial District Candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senatorial race for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District come 2023 and called on all Youths to join hands and unite towards the realisation of the aforementioned objectives for the overall good, peace, prosperity and development of Akwa Ibom State.