By: Ata Etuk
Distinguished Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, Ph.D., attended a Solemn Assembly, yesterday, Sunday, December 2, 2018, organized to kick-start the APC, and Obong Nsima Ekere’s Governorship Campaign in Akwa Ibom State.
The event, which held on the expansive stretch of Obong Nsima Ekere’s Campaign Grounds along Edet Akpan Avenue, Four Lanes, Uyo, had as its Theme: “My Help Cometh From The Lord”.
In attendance were several APC dignitaries including: Hon. Ini Okopido (the APC State Chairman) and his spouse; Obong Nsima Ekere (the APC flagbearer in the State, and his spouse); Dr Ahmadu Attai (the APC Deputy Governorship candidate) and his spouse; HE Senator Godswill Akpabio and his spouse; and Obong Umana Okon Umana (MD, OGFZA).
Others present were: Atuekong Don Etiebet;
Sen. Nelson Effiong and spouse; Sen. Aloysius Etok; Lady Valerie Ebe; Gp. Cpt. Sam Ewang (Retd) ; Barr Dan Abia; Obonganwan Rita Akpan: Dr. Maurice Ebong; and Engr. Ita Awak.
Others also present, were: Hon. Samuel Frank; DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Retd) and his spouse; Engr. Ita Benedict Ukpong; Bishop Sam Akpan; Abom Tony Esu; Sir and Lady Gabriel Ekere (parents of the APC flagbearer); and several others.
Moderators at the Assembly included: Bishop Dr. Augustine Bassey; Pastor Imeime Jerome; and Pastor Mrs. Comfort Williams; while Apostle Dr. Patrick Jerome was the Guest Speaker.
Special Intercessory Prayer Sessions were held for the success of the APC at both the State and National levels during the 2019 elections; as well as for President Muhammadu Buhari, and Obong Nsima Ekere.
Prayers were also held for peaceful and violence-free campaigns and elections; and for the pulling down of all evil altars against the success and emergence of Obong Nsima Ekere; while Senator Akpanudoedehe was mandated to represent President Muhammadu Buhari during the final prayer session for all APC contestants for various offices in the 2019 elections.
A Recognition session of dignitaries held after the prayer session, and the State Party Chairman gave his Remarks. During his speech, he nominated Senator John James Akpanudoedehe to serve as Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee, and Deputy Chief Adviser of the Campaign.
Senator Akpanudoedehe, who also addressed the gathering on behalf of Uyo Senatorial District, called on all his supporters to be loyal to the APC, as God had destined Obong Nsima Ekere to be Governor now. In his words: “My own time is coming”.
Gp. Capt. Sam Ewang then addressed the gathering in his capacity as Chairman of the Campaign Organisation of Obong Nsima Ekere.
Senators Godswill Akpabio and Nelson Effiong (both Representatives of Ikot Ekpene and Eket Senatorial Districts), spoke on behalf of their Senatorial Districts, urging their constituents to give Obong Ekere their support.
Obong Nsima Ekere rounded up the speeches, and thanked all previous speakers at the event for their support; as well as all present, for their open solidarity.
He promised them effective leadership; and wished all, safe journeys back to their various destinations.

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