In continuation of consultations with political stakeholders over his ambition to represent Akwa Ibom South at the National Assembly in 2023, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, yesterday interfaced with the leadership of Eket chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party Secretariat, Eket.
The event which had in attendance the complete chapter executive of the party, led by the Chapter Chairman, Obongiwaad Emmanuel Mbong, had the presence of Deputy Chairman, Inyang Johnny; the Secretary, Gordian Udoh; organising secretary, Obong Abasiubong Tom; the treasurer; financial secretary; youth leader; and women leader, Emem Francis.
Also in attendance were councillors from the 11 wards of the local government area, all party delegates and other stakeholders consisting of former and serving political appointees of the party in Eket and beyond.
Unveiling his cardinal reason for the visit, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen said it was necessary he confided in the Party leadership his ambition for the senate, which he said has come in the fullness of time and is driven by his personal concerns for the growth and development of the area through effective and people-oriented representation that will make for the losses of the past.
“I have come to officially notify you of my ambition to represent Eket Senatorial district in the Red Chambers in 2023. I’m not being sent, but I have come because I consider myself very ready to change the history of the area in the discourse of senatorial representation, henceforth. God in His grace has given me what it takes to step forward, and here I am to seek your support to send me”, he hinted.
Inyangeyen, who described himself as a “home boy’ because of his evident closeness to the grassroots and frequency at home, further argued that it was no more time for emotions and sentiments in the face of what the senatorial district has faced, irrespective of the fact that it is the breadwinner of the State, the Niger Delta Region and the country at large.
His words: “The Senate needs someone with a presence and capacity who would not go there and disappear or forget about those who gave him or her the mandate. With a sense of modesty, I must say that I am mentally alert, intellectually sound, diplomatically aggressive and credible, and I promise that I will be accountable to the people in attracting quality representation to ESD”.
He therefore urged the people not to sacrifice capacity and competence for zoning which the new Electoral Act does not admit as a prerequisite, but to challenge whoever seeks to represent the people to convince them of his capability and commitment to deliver the dividends of democracy and also withstand the rigours of national politics without succumbing to intimidation and pressure.
Welcoming Inyangeyen and his team, Obongiwaad Emmanuel Mbong, commended him for the personal interest he has expressed to represent Eket Senatorial District and the breath of fresh air he promises to bring.
He said both the party and people of Eket were determined to go for the best and most generally accepted aspirant with cumulative record of capacity and competence in 2023, not necessarily the status quo.
“Inyangeyen, I personally know you and so do others. In all ramifications, you represent capacity and competence. And it is the will of the party and Eket people that we no longer shall want to be cheated by poor performance at the Senate. While we give everybody equal space, for 2023, we will be very particular about who possesses the basic credentials and has effectively demonstrated competence in his or her past and present record of public service. It will not be business as usually which seemed to have been our collective misgiving in the past”.
Supporting the party chairman’s position in their separate remarks, others who spoke commended Inyangeyen for his courage and patriotism to throw his cap into the ring, to reverse what they called “sad story of the senatorial district in the Senate”, maintaining that gone are the days the senatorial district was robbed by weak representation.
The speakers include, Obong Godwin Ben; Hon. Godwin Oton; Obong Samuel Udoeyo; Pastor Isaiah Abia; Hon. Victor Edikpo and Mr. Uwem Uquang and others, all of whom unanimously stated that Eket people have a voice and hope in Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen to effectively represent the people.
According to Obong Samuel Udoeyo, ” There is something new we are foreseeing in the future. To us Inyangeyen needs no introduction”.
In a post-event interview on the sidelines with some opinion leaders and political analysts from Eket who also witnessed the consultation, the respondents argued vehemently in favour competence over zoning and expressed their joy that the new Electoral Act 2022 has come with favourable amendments that shall promote meritocracy over mediocrity, which they regretted has been the greatest fallout of zoning in the senatorial district.
*Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen”s Media Team