…As Ephraim Inyangeyen Consults Party on Senate Ambition
The people of Esit Eket in Eket Senatorial District (ESD) of Akwa Ibom State have stated that in 2023, no aspirant for the Senate should come to them on the basis of zoning but with capacity and competence to represent them effectively in the National Assembly.
The people made their feelings known when Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, today consulted the Esit Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party secretariat, Esit Eket, over his ambition to represent Eket Senatorial District in the National Assembly in 2023.
Making his presentation, the Senate aspirant and immediate past Chief of Staff (CoS) to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, said his ambition was driven by personal decision and necessity to bring about change in the Senatorial District.
He stated that God has blessed him abundantly with the needed capacity, integrity and competence to serve ESD at the federal level and bring about a paradigm shift that will make the difference clear.
Inyangeyen said: “I have come on my own resolve and personal conviction that it was time I stepped into the arena because God has blessed me with what it takes to take up the huge responsibility.”
The former Commissioner of Works further observed that he took the decision after he has seen that all the three federal constituencies in the Senatorial District had deservedly taken their turns in the first round of rotation, with Ikot Abasi having taken the lead.
He argued that there was no binding law that it cannot begin elsewhere and still goes round, based only on the capacity and competence of the aspirant to deliver quality service that meets the people’s expectations.
The aspirant, who said his consultation to the party structure in Esit Eket was in keeping with a tradition of solidarity and personal respect to the party, maintained:
“Tme has come when we must send our first eleven to the centre. I have therefore brought myself out by my volution and belief in my innate ability to deliver. Having considered everything including the history of representation in the Senatorial district, I hereby announced officially my ambition to run for the Senate seat come 2023. The Senate needs someone with a voice that will be respected by all”, Inyangeyen disclosed.
Speaking, the Esit Eket Chapter Chairman of PDP, Hon. Eddy Etangkanga, welcome and commended Akparawa Inyangeyen for his ambition and patriotic desire to change the story of ESD at the national assembly, adding that only a candidate who has capacity and competence will be able to make the difference.
The party chairman, a former Majority Whip and Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in Esit Eket Local Government Area, added that the people of Esit Eket will place all aspirant in a scale before making decisions.
“However, as a party, we will be fair to all who come, by allowing a level playing ground for them to test their popularity and acceptability by the electorate. But what the people are asking for is effective representation”.
Others who offered comments to the press emphasized on the credibility and competence of candidates, saying that they rued the second fiddle role many representatives from Senatorial District so far had played, against their collective expectations, simply on the ground of zoning.
Present during the event were members of the party chapter executive, including Deputy Chairman, Mrs. Ekaette Abia; Secretary, Akidmfin Umana;
Youth Leader, Emem Peters; Women Leader, Obonganwan Godsown Udoitu; Assistant Publicity Secretary, Agnes Akwaowo, and others.
In attendance also were ward chairmen and their vice, delegates, councillors and others.