Mr. Imeobong King of Urban Ward 2, Etinan Local Government Area popularly known as Black Wayas who defected to APC some months ago has returned to PDP.
In a colourful ceremony held at the compound of the Ward Chairman, Prince Iniubong Ekong and witnessed by members of Transformation Initiative led by the Chairman, Otuekong Anietie Ekong, Black Wayas a onetime Supervisory Councilor said that it is obvious that APC does not have the structure to win election in Akwa Ibom State.
The former APC Chieftain quoted John 16:13 “How be it when the spirit of truth shall come…” pointing out that the truth is that there is only one party in Akwa Ibom State.
He said that that it is better to be back home asserting that only a fool would see the truth and refuse to accept it.
Imeobong was officially accepted by the leadership of the ward including a PDP elder in Etinan Local Government Area, Dr. Cosmos Udofot.
The Ward Chairman of Etinan Urban Ward 2, Prince Iniubong Ekong said that the leadership of the ward was happy with the return of one of their own. Ekong said that the ward which is a ward of peace produced late Obong Etukudo Ekpro.
He said that their responsibility is to return Governor Emmanuel for a second term citing the many projects which the ward and local government have benefitted from the administration.
He thanked the returnee noting that having been a strong member of APC, he has returned to be a strong member of PDP.
Dr. Cosmos Udofot, a retired Permanent Secretary in the State and a leader in the Ward said that the return of Black Wayas would strengthen the party in the ward, local government and indeed the State.
Dr. Udofot re-stated the mantra of the people of the ward which is that anybody who is seeking any office must first declare support for Udom.
The former Permanent Secretary said that since Uyo Senatorial District cannot wait beyond 2023 for their turn of governorship, it is giving full support to Udom to make that possible.
The Chairman of Transformation Initiative for the Empowerment of Ibom People, Otuekong Anietie Ekong who led members of the newly inaugurated body said that since Transformation Initiative is working with PDP, the condition of admission of anybody into the group is that you must be a PDP member and ready to support Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Otuekong Ekong said when Black Wayas met him and indicated interest to be a member of Transformation Initiative, he asked which party he belonged to.
The Chairman said that it was for that reason that he called the group to come and witness his return to the party.
He advised the Ward Exco to accept the returnee wholly pointing out that his return would greatly help the cause of the ward.
Hon. Akan Eyo, a onetime Federal Lawmaker and Vice Chairman of Transformation Initiative observed that Black Wayas is well known. He advised him to leverage on his contacts and bring things to the ward. The former member of the House of Representatives who further observed that Black Wayas has returned on good time urged him to reach out to the Chapter Chairman and together build a synergy for 2019 stating that in the upcoming election, power would return to the people.
Goodwill messages also came in torrents at the event. Mrs. Mboho Cosmos Udofot who recently mobilized people in droves to and get their PVCs said that women in the ward have felt the impact of PDP adding that Udom and Martha are sincere people.
She advised the people to remain steadfast and stand by PDP assuring them that with Udom and Martha, they would reap the dividends of democracy and good governance.
A onetime Chairman of Ini Local Government Area and Chapter Coordinator of Transformation Initiative, Hon. Etetim Awatim in his goodwill message called on the people of the Ward to stand by Governor Emmanuel in 2019.
The Chapter Chairman of PDP in Etinan Local Government Area, Hon. Inemesit Itina urged the people to return PDP for the goodies to continue to flourish. He made reference to many projects that the administration of Governor Emmanuel has brought to Etinan pointing out that if they could have so much in just 3 years, what would come in the remaining years ending in 2023 can only be imagined.
Etinan Urban Ward 2 has 9 Units and according to information made available to the reporter, it has always returned PDP.