Coalition of Youth groups across Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts have made passionate appeal to Rt. Hon (Obongemem) Ekperikpe Luke Ekpo to come forward and give them the desired robust representation in the senate in 2023.
Rt. Hon. (Obongemem) Ekperikpe Ekpo, a former Chairman of Ika Local Government Council Area and former Member House of Representatives hails from Ikot Udom Village in Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The groups, operating under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Youths for Credible Leadership (AYLC), led by Comrade Itohowo Collins tipped Ekperikpe Ekpo as the most experienced politician in the zone having shown class and leadership as Council Chairman and Lawmaker in National Assembly at different dispensations.
The group in a press statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday, said their decision to opt for Ekperikpe Ekpo is to ensure good fortunes for the senatorial district which had gone comatose since 2019.
“We opted to passionately appeal to Ekperikpe Ekpo to come forward and represent us in 2023 owing to his pedigree and experience in politics and humane disposition. He is already a known figure in the national politics with good network of friends and associates across Nigeria. He will not go to the senate to use the first two years to learn the ropes and build friendship but would rather hit the ground running from day one in office and restore the battered fortunes of our senatorial district.”
The coordinator of Akwa ibom Youths for Credible Leadership (AYCL) lamented that the senatorial district has suffered terrible setbacks since 2019 and vowed to mobilize for the enthronement of a result oriented and people centered leadership in 2023 in the person of Ekperikpe Ekpo.
They noted that the records posted by Obongemem Ekperikpo Ekpo as Chairman in Ika Local Government Area is still unbeaten while his four years in the House of Representatives remains the best in Abak Federal Constituency till date.
The statement further read, “As Chairman of Ika Local Government, he facilitated the completion of the abandoned Federal Government Electrification project and linked Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State to the National Grid for the first time in history. Other life touching projects executed include: Building of Ika ultra modern Unity Hall. Payment of electricity bills for all power consumers in Ika throughout his tenure in office. Provision of 13 borehole water projects in the ten wards and the three major markets; Mkpohoeto, Urua Inyang and Nyieheiso markets in Ika. Provided free medical services to pregnant women in the local government area among other life touching projects executed.
“In 2007, he contested and won the House of Representatives seat for Abak/Etim Ekpo/lka Federal Constituency in the National Assembly. He served as secretary, Akwa Ibom Legislative Caucus in the National Assembly and Chairman Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Legislators Forum 2007-2011. While in the Green Chambers, he was appointed Deputy Chairman, House committee on industry. He also served as member, House Committee on Customs Service, House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, House Committee on Power and House Committee on Niger Delta Affairs. While in the House of Representatives he sponsored among several others the following bills and motions”
The group also acknowledged that Ekperikpe Ekpo facilitated the appointment of several constituents into Nigeria Customs Services, Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON, Industrial Training Fund ITF and offered Scholarships to hundreds of constituents among other life touching empowerment projects.
They prayed him to accept their humble invitation into the race assuring him of their total support and loyalty stressing that the collective glorious future of the area remains paramount in their decision to settle for his candidature.