Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mkpat Enin remains a PDP Territory -Lady Ekaette Usip …drums grassroots support for Gov. Udom


The Transition Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Lady Ekaette Usip has again reiterated that the Local Government is a PDP enclave as such, no other political party can win or dominate the area other than the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

The Council Boss said this during a Stakeholders meeting convened last week Wednesday by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mkpat Enin Chapter in collaboration with Youth Groups in the Local Government to address tropical issues affecting the area and also seek solutions to the problems.

She said that the PDP as a party is responsible for the numerous strides achieved by the Local Government Area for the past years as such the people cannot turn their back on the party now, noting that the issues raised by the youths will receive satisfactory attention from the elders. “Mkpat Enin from inception has been a PDP territory, as a people we have achieved a lot through the PDP administrations and more are still coming. We will not relent in our support and loyalty to the party and the governor, His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel”.

On the alleged marginalization of youths and women of the area by politicians, the Council Boss observed that the leadership of the party had taken the right steps to address the setback by calling all parties involved to a round table dialogue.

Her words, “I want to thank the party and the youths for the wisdom to summon this crowd, it is true that things are not the way it should be in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, and the party in its wisdom have seen this and have equally seek ways to address these issues. We have resolved not to continue like this anymore, it has to be better for the youths and women. Today they have taken the bull by the horn to preach unity in Mkpat Enin”.

She commended the youths of Mkpat Enin for coming together to seek peace among the elders of the Local Government Area; and expressed strong optimism that at the end of the dialogue all issues which had led to youths being sidelined will be a thing of the past.

Speaking on the importance of the meeting, Lady Usip said the meeting will help attract more dividends of democracy to Mkpat Enin people because the Local Government cannot continue to be divided politically “I was so pleased and happy when they called me to inform me about this gathering. I had to join other stakeholders to give them my blessings because if we continue to wait it will not be nice. The numbers of youths invited here have come to proffer ways to make our place better. Seeing that this is the time for Mkpat Enin to benefit from the present administration because of our closeness, this meeting has become very imperative”.

She observed that there have been some issues within the PDP family in the Local Government and urged other stakeholders and youths to shield their sword and work for the betterment of Mkpat Enin. The first Female Council Boss of Mkpat Enin pledged her commitment in ensuring that peace and Unity return in Mkpat Enin political space”. 

“As your mother and the person in charge of the council now, I have given my blessings for you all to move forward. Anyone who says that we are comfortable with the way things are in the Local Government is lying. So I am encouraging the youths who have started this peace movement to continue and I promise that anytime they call for my support, I will not hesitate. I will stand by the youths and party elders to ensure that our youths have a voice because they are the ones that work tirelessly during elections. Without them the elders will not be able to do it alone. Without the youths we will not be able to achieve anything”.

One the recent defection of some Ex Councilors to the All Progressive Congress, she charged the youths to remain in the PDP has the present administration is working towards engaging the youths with meaningful employment. 

The Transition Chairman thanked the youths and stakeholders for coming out in their large numbers and urged them to continue in preaching peace and dialogue rather than resorting to violence. “I also want to thank you all for coming out despite the short notice, since the youths say there should be peace, by the grace God we will have peace in Mkpat Enin”.

Other Stakeholders who attended the meeting and also spoke at the meeting includes, Hon Anietie Sunday, the PDP Chapter Chairman Mkpat Enin, Hon Otobong Ndem, Member Representing Mkpat Enin in the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Political, Legislative and Water Resources, Hon Mfon Nkanteen, PDP Vice Chairman Eket Senatorial District, former Transition Chairman of the Council Hon. Obong Ekefre, Mr. Eric Ekwere, Otuekong Hillary Oton, Hon Nseobong Michael and other prominent sons of the area.

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