Tuesday, 30 September 2014

2015: Mkpat Enin people adopt President Jonathan, Ephraim Akpan

2015: Mkpat Enin people adopt President Jonathan, Ephraim Akpan
No fewer than 500 delegates and stakeholders under the aegis of Mkpat Enin Transformation Alliance (META), recently adopted President Goodluck Jonathan and Hon Ephraim Akpan as their sole Presidential and House of Assembly candidates respectively in the 2015 general elections.

A motion for the endorsement which was moved by the Leader, Mkpat Enin Legislative Council, Rt Hon (Barr) Ikpong Franklyn and seconded by a political bigwig from Ikpa Ibom ward 4, Mr Ekanem Usen, specifically called on the council boss, Hon Akpan to accept the peoples’ call and throw his hat into the ring.

However, the uncommon endorsement was announced by the National President of META, Mr Ubong Ifut at the monthly general meeting of the group held at Godswill Akpabio Gas and Oil Academy in Nyaodiong, Mkpat Enin.

During the meeting, Mr Ifut who noted that the group was gathered to assess the performance of Hon Akpan, two years after elected Chairman, stressed that the council boss has given the people of Mkpat Enin an overdose of his 4-Point Agenda, namely: Health, Water, Roads and Empowerment.

Speaker after speaker including the Leader, Mkpat Enin Legislative Council, Barr Ikpong Franklyn, Obong Aniefiok Ntuen, Hon Nse Michael, Hon Fidel Akpan,  women leader in the area; Hon (Mrs) Rose Usen, the PDP youth leader and Supervisor for Works; Hon Richard Akan, President, Ikpa Ibom Youth Forum, Uduak Nkanga, Oyuekong Hilary Oton, President Ibiaku Youth, Nsikak Joe and others who spoke glowingly about the milestone achievements of Hon Ephraim Akpan, stressed that one’s antecedents and passion for development would be the yardstick of supporting any aspirant in the forthcoming House of Assembly race.

They specifically eulogized the State Governor who is also the leader of the ruling party in Akwa Ibom, Chief Godswill Akpabio, saying they will forever remain grateful for having discovered Hon Ephraim Akpan, as well as giving him the rare privilege to overseer the local government council.

The people noted that their support for the Council boss is not based on any primordial sentiments, but on concrete evidences of life touching achievements recorded in just two years in office.
They expressed optimism that the emergence of Hon Ephraim Akpan in the hallowed chambers of the State Assembly in 2015 would not only boost the socio- economic development of Mkpat Enin, but will bring more developmental projects to the area.

They noted that apart from the pioneer Council boss of the area, Hon Richard Aaron Umoren, no Local Government Chairman of Mkpat Enin since its creation has achieved so much within the time Ephraim Akpan has been in office, stressing that is the major reason the people have risen in unison to support the council boss to go and represent Mkpat Enin, in the State House of Assembly.

It was the believe of the speakers that Akpan’s achievements, goodwill, unequal patriotism, humane disposition and philanthropy, will see him through, being a journalist of no mean repute, they observed that Ephraim has the political will to influence infrastructure development to Mkpat Enin.

An elated Chairman, Hon Ephraim Akpan, who was present at the meeting, said he was overwhelmed by the massive crowd and his peoples’ support for President Jonathan’s Transformation programme in the country.

He noted that he was not surprised by the support because Mkpat Enin people were aware that judging by the antecedents and achievements of President Jonathan, he has break the record of achievements by any administration since the Nation’s independence, expressing optimism that Mr President would do more and as well complete all his transformation programmes, post 2015.
The Council boss however attributed his landmark achievements in office to God and his sincere desire to leave the council better than how he met it.

He emphasized that the next one year left for him in the council will witness a historic human capacity development such that a sizeable youths, elders and women in Mkpat Enin would be permanently independent.

On whether he will join the 2015 House of Assembly race as he was being pressurized to do so by his people, Hon Akpan responded in the affirmative and however said he was still consulting the relevant stakeholders in the area.

The council boss also used the occasion and call on the people of Mkpat Enin to continue in their support to Governor Godswill Akpabio to have a successor that will consolidate on the Uncommon Transformation in the State.

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