The Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Edidem Udo Ntok Obom, has charged his clan and village heads and the entire people of Ikot Abasi to ensure that the Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Obong Nsima Ekere, secures his highest votes from his home local government area in the March 2, 2019 election.
Speaking when he received the APC campaign team at his palace in Okon, Ikot Abasi, on Tuesday, Obom warned his people against allowing their counterparts from other parts of the state to outvote them.
Said he, “You must work for Ikot Abasi to get the highest votes for him. It would be a thing of shame for other areas to vote him higher than us. Others will vote but I believe that Ikot Abasi would vote more.”
Obom commended Ekere for visiting him to seek his blessing before the commencement of campaign three weeks ago and for returning to report progress after going round the entire state.
He expressed delight that for the first time in the history of the state, election campaigns have not been characterised by violence and prayed for that peaceful spirit to be carried into the elections proper.
Obom later led his chiefs in a prayer session for Ekere and his running mate, Dr. Amadu Attai.
The monarch presented a Bible to Ekere and light to enable him read it, charging him that “one with God is a majority.”
Earlier, in his remarks, Ekere recalled that, armed with the blessing of the Palace and the endorsement of Ikot Abasi stakeholders, he had set out to campaign round the state late last month.
He reported to the monarch that the support across the state has been overwhelming and phenomenal.
“We have received tremendous support and encouragement. The entire state, particularly the political class, has spoken in one voice that they desire change. That can be evidenced in the number of defections from PDP to APC. Two commissioners and 16 Special Assistants to the Governor have resigned and joined APC. The way Akwa Ibom people have embraced APC has been phenomenal. The reception has been tremendous and we are sure that we will win the election in a free and transparent manner,” Ekere said.
He promised to reform the way government is run, grant financial autonomy to local governments and pay civil servants and pensioners their entitlements.
“We will do well for Akwa Ibom State,” Ekere pledged.