The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District, Engr. Chris Ekpenyong has endorsed and adopted Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred candidate in the forthcoming PDP gubernatorial primaries and general elections in 2023.
Senator Ekpenyong who made his position known today, February 28, 2022 when the Pastor Umo Eno Campaign team consulted him at his country home in Ikot Ukana, Obot Akara local government area said Pastor Umo Eno is also the choice of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.
In his remarks, he recalled that he had promised to support anyone presented by Governor Udom Emmanuel and commended the Governor for presenting a credible aspirant for the party.
According to him, “I had told the governor earlier that I will support whoever he will choose as his preferred aspirant. I thank the Governor for presenting someone I have known for many years and in whom I am well pleased. I call on all my brothers and sisters, and the people of Akwa Ibom North West that this is our candidate.”
The Senator who is a former Deputy Governor of the state, appreciated Governor Udom for the development projects in Obot Akara especially, the Ikwerazu, and Ikpe Mbak Eyop roads among others, and charged Pastor Eno to ensure continuity and completion of any unfinished project in the area and the state at large.
While commending Pastor Eno and his team for the recognition, he reiterated his readiness to support and mobilize support for his aspiration adding “as the crown prince of Obot Akara, I stand here to declare that you will succeed.”
Other stakeholders of Obot Akara who spoke during the visit include Chief Iton Isonguyo, Member Representing Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State Constituency, Hon Idongesit Ntepere, and the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko who also re-assured Pastor Umo Eno of bloc vote from the area.
In his presentation, the frontline PDP aspirant, Pastor Umo Eno said he was at the Senator’s country home to officially notify of his aspiration and seek his blessings to succeed in the party’s primaries as well as general elections in 2023.
He recalled that it was during the tenure of Senator Ekpenyong as Deputy Governor under Obong Victor Attah that Royalty Hotel came to limelight, given their patronage and encouragement.
Pastor Eno commended the Senator popularly referred to as Ukarakpa for believing in him many years ago and appealed for support assuring that Obot Akara, just as every other parts of the state would be fully involved in his administration if he succeed in the 2023 race.
He promised to further agribusiness and ensure that the youths are meaningfully engaged adding that Obot Akara will be an industrial belt.
Earlier, the Director General of Campaigns, Amb Assam Assam and the International President of Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), Barr Emanuel Enoidem described Senator Ekpenyong as a true, consistent and committed party man who says what he means and means what he says.
They described Pastor Eno as an intelligent and humble entrepreneur who has found favour with the auction to serve the State in 2023, and appealed to Senator Ekpenyong to bless and endorse him.
The event was also graced by the Paramount Ruler of Obot Akara, HRM, Okuku Uwa Umo Adiaka, and the Local Government Council Chairman, Lady Agnes Udoenwenwen among others.