By Mbosowo Essien
As the effective representation of the member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Rt.Hon.(Elder) Aniekan Uko continues to gather steam, a socio-political bloc under the aegis “IBESIKPO ASUTAN ADVOCATES FOR EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION” has joined the league to acknowledge the representation strides of the revered lawmaker, and sued for his continuity come 2019.
Speaking in Aniekan Uko’s resident, the spokesperson for the body, a former ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ibesikpo Asutan, Apostle Ime Asuquo Etim(a.k.a Mbez) said they came to identify with the qualitative representation of #Iboroakam and to also beckon on him to run for a second term.
“To state the obvious, since the advent of the then party called Grassroot Democratic Movement (GDM) till the present Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), never have we had it so good that the wife of a lawmaker will roll out empowerment programmes, scholarships, organise prayer summits, provide business starter packs as well as providing for the needy women but Mrs. Ememobong Aniekan Uko the wife of our lawmaker has done remarkably well by complimenting on her husband’s strides” he stressed.
The former ward boss assured the gathering that their stand on returning Aniekan Uko to the House of Assembly come 2019 is non negotiable. We are not speaking from a vacuum, but is what the legal luminaries call “Res Ipsa Loquto”(the injury speaks for itself) .
“In public speaking, he is superb, in motions/lawmaking he always has the interest of his people at heart, he is accessible to his constituents and presently , no one has rival his human empowerment, so he deserves a second shot at the Assembly seat” he maintained.
Also speaking on behalf of the women, a foremost women leader and the first female PDP ward chairman in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria, Deaconess Idorenyin Ukpo said she will not join those who refuse to celebrate excellence to throw away good representation as championed by Elder Uko, but would rather join the advocacy for his return to the State House of Assembly come 2019.
“For now, please let the insinuations making round town that you are aspiring for Federal House of Represetatives wait, let’s encourage the continuity of this vibrant, result oriented son of Ibesikpo Asutan extraction come 2019” she submitted.
For the Ibesikpo Asutan Peoples Democratic Party Youth Leader, Apostle Emmanuel Efiom, Aniekan Uko should continue since the party structure is satisfied with his representation so far.
“We have never had it so good. He has maintained constant constituency briefing to his people despite being ousted by the Appeal Court’s verdict of December 15, 2015, he has continued to spread the dividends of democracy to his people” he assured.
Responding, the Ibesikpo Asutan lawmaker, said he was humbled by the show of love in this season of yuletide as well as the encomiums poured on him emanating from his representation.
Elder Uko thanked the body for the enormous support he has enjoyed so far, describing it as a tonic that has really galvanised his output to his people.
The astute lawmaker reiterated his campaign promises and vow that he will continue to represent his people as a statesman, not as a politician, because according to him, while a politician thinks of the next election, a statesman thinks of the next generation.
“As a representative of the next generation, it will be a serious error if I fail my people. You have all spoken, so who am I to disobey. As the saying goes (The voice of the people is the voice of God).
While thanking the body for their visit and show of love, Elder Aniekan Uko solicited for 100 percent support for Deacon Udom Emmanuel’s return to the Hiltop Mansion come 2019, stressing that with Udom, the future of the state is secured.