Sunday, 4 February 2018


Ahead of the 2019 House of Assembly Elections, Youths of Etoi Clan in Uyo Local Government Area, have thrown their weight behind the second term aspiration of the Lawmaker representing Uyo State Constituency, Hon. Monday Eyo, with a vow to mobilise the entire area, for the said cause.
The decision came following a meeting, convened by a son of the Area and Board Member, Akwa Ibom State Water Company Limited, Hon. Donatus Udoh, held in Uyo, yesterday.

In his opening remarks, Hon. Udoh, said the meeting was aimed at clarifying the seemingly complicated zoning principle in Uyo to the people and urged them to avoid being misled by those he described as self centered politicians.

Continuing, Mr Donatus who doubles as a Political Leader of Ward 5, noted that Etoi people are not desperate for Hon. Monday Eyo's reelection, but are bent on righting the wrongs, for posterity sake and appealed to some stakeholders in the Area to avoid inciting problems among the people.

"This meeting is a directive given to me by the government which I'm serving and as the political leader of Ward 5. That's why I called a meeting of  representatives from all the villages of Etoi Clan. The House of Assembly Seat is coming to Etoi, don't be misled. Etoi people are not desperate, they are not cowards", he said.

He maintained that zoning is unconstitutional, but however insisted it was constitutional for a Lawmaker to seek for a second term, and said Etoi people will resist political decisions that may cause disharmony in Uyo.

Udoh who lamented that Uyo has not been politically backwards due to the single term policy in the area, pointed out that giving another four years to Hon. Eyo will not only enable him consolidate on the gains of his achievements in his first tenure, but will put Uyo in the fore front of politics, as the State Capital. 

"There are 26 seats in the house if Assembly, there is a difference between a first timer and a ranking member in the House. Uyo is the State Capital and we should have a voice in the House and the State. Seeking for a second term is in the Constitution, zoning is not", he stressed.

On the issue of zoning, he said "the House of Assembly is coming to Etoi and it is coming to Ward 5. Archibong Inyang had gone for Ward 4. Now that it's coming to Ward 5, it's coming to Ifa Atai. We in Ifa Atai are not desperate, but we want to remain in the House for eight years.

"Why bring policies that will bring disharmony, and people are supporting it. It is the turn of Ifa Itai to produce a House of Assembly Member. As a political leader of ward 5, in affiliation with the people of ward 4 and Etoi Clan in general, please, don't allow people to deceive you.

He hinted that Etoi people, under the aegis of Mboho Ndito Etoi had unanimously endorsed the Governor's second term bid, and pleaded with the people to unite for the Governor's reelection, while ignoring the activities of detractors.

Speaking on behalf of the Women, Mrs Rose Archibong, said the women, after a critical perusal of those vying for the Area's Assembly seat, have discovered that Hon. Eyo is fit for reelection, adding they are in support of second term policy in Uyo.

"I'm standing here on behalf of the women of Ward 4 and 5, to say that we accept second term in Uyo and we have weighed so many people and discovered that Hon. Monday Eyo is the best for the job and no other person.

"We have urged our Lawmaker to go for second term. We are tired of single tenure, we need a ranking member in the House, the women need a Ranking Member in the House of Assembly, so that we can enjoy more dividends of Democracy", she said.

On his part, Hon. Martins Sampson, while also speaking at the meeting said, "in 2019, we have agreed to return Hon. Monday Okon Eyo for a second term, not because of Monday Eyo, but we want Etoi to be respected in the politics of Uyo.

Sampson who lauded the convener of the meeting, described Hon. Eyo as a youth friendly leader, pointing out that the lawmaker has successfully wielded Uyo people together and therefore deserves a second term.

Other Speakers are the event were Elder Edehekudim Etim, Hon. Imeobong Bassey, and Hon. Francis Emah, who all pledged to mobilise support for the reelection of the Uyo House of Assembly Member.
The meeting was attended by former Councillors from the Area, including youth and women leaders.

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