A former deputy governor of the state and political leader of Oro nation, Chief Etim Okpoyo, has adopted the leading aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Umo Eno, for the 2023 governorship race.
Chief Okpoyo made his position known February 23, 2022 during a consultation visit to him by Pastor Umo Eno’s campaign team.
The political leader who expressed gratitude at the choice of Pastor Eno and the visit, assured the team of his support and that of Oro people, stressing that the victory for Akwa Ibom PDP in 2023 is not negotiable.
Earlier, the frontline aspirant, Pastor Eno, appreciated Chief Etim Okpoyo for the fatherly role displayed and his immense contribution to the development and progress of Akwa Ibom State.
He described Chief Okpoyo as a living legend who has planted his footprints in the sands of time, adding that he and other leaders laid the foundation of what is enjoyed today in Akwa Ibom State.
The lands and water resources commissioner maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel has put in so much to take the state to its present status which according to him, must be furthered with creating more jobs by connecting the dots.
He noted that given the quantum of development strides and investments by the Gov Emmanuel-led administration, it is imperative to ensure continuity and as someone who has worked closely with the governor, he is best suited to build on his solid foundation.
Pastor Eno assured the elder statesman that given the opportunity, he would ensure that youths are meaningfully engaged within the shortest time possible, adding that the coastal areas would be effectively utilized for commerce and tourism.
He promised to create agricultural settlement hubs across the state, concentrating on each area’s strengths, adding that he will make capacity building a priority so as to properly equip youths for the future, affirming that he will also ensure peace and prosperity for all.
Also speaking, the director-general of campaigns, Chief Assam Assam, SAN; coordinator of Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), and others testified to the sterling and towering qualities of Pastor Eno, assuring everyone that he would not disappoint them.
Others, including the secretary to the state government, DrEmmanuel Ekuwem, former House of Representatives member, Dr. Esio Oquong Udo and the paramount ruler of Udung Uko Local Government Area, Edidem Bassey Etim Edet, spoke in glowing terms about Pastor Umo Eno and equally assured him of the support of the political class and traditional fathers in Oro nation.
Present at the event were: senator representing Eket Senatorial District, Dr Akon Eyakenyi; the SSG, Ekuwem; commissioner for transport, Uno Etim Uno; commissioner for culture, Orman Esin; member representing Oron/Udung Uko State Constituency, Mr Effiong Bassey; Chief Chris Abasieyo, Mr Sylvester Attah, Chief Tom Ossung, Mrs Janet Amba, Ann EyoEsq, Chief Eyo Okon Edet, and many others.