Ikono Banks on APC to End Marginalization


…Appoints James Udoma, ors To Lead Wards Forum

Ikono Clan in Uyo local government area has decried years of marginalization under successive government of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and has decided to pitch its tent with the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a new lease of life.

During the inauguration of the executive members of Ikono Wards 8 and 9 Political Forum in Uyo recently, Mr. Clement Ekott, who chaired the event, lamented how the two wards in Ikono clan have been side-lined in the affairs of Uyo local government area, declaring that it is time to reverse the trend by voting Obong Nsima Ekere and other APC candidates into power.

“We have been greatly marginalized in this state and it is time we rise up in unity to bring in another government that will favour us and also create room for us to be part of instead of sidelining us all the time.

“Ikono in Uyo has always been the deciding Wards in Uyo local government area yet greatly underdeveloped; we have played this politics and have seen the arrangement; All Progressives Congress has become a stronghold in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria therefore, we have decided to stand firm with APC, as the PDP has disappointed us. Politics is not a dirty game as posited by others but a worthwhile affair and I implore you not to insult your Elders nor engage in violence during the elections but cooperate with the leaders of this Forum and APC party officials in voting in the preferred candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere,” he said.

Subsequently, the Otunba James Udoma was appointed head of the group, Pastor Effiong Ekarika was appointed Secretary, while Obonganwan Dora Ebong, Mr Austin Bassey and Emmanuel Hogan were appointed executive members of the Forum.

Addressing the forum, Arc. Essien Nkanga, former chairman of Uyo local government council, congratulated Otunba James Udoma on his new leadership appointment and prayed God to grant him and his team mates, success.

In his remarks, the newly appointed chairman of the forum, Otunba James Udoma assured that all the rights denied the clan by the previous administrations will be restored by the incoming dispensation of Obong Nsima Ekere.

Udoma pleaded with the Elders of Ikono Wards 8 and 9 to back the new executives in their prayers and wise counsel, while praying for development in Ikono clan and Uyo local government area as a whole.

Also, Secretary of the Group, Pastor Effiong Ekarika urged everyone to firmly support and vote in Obong Nsima Ekere, assuring that his administration will resuscitate Ikono to her primacy of place in the league of communities in Uyo local government area, and also get them closer to the Government House.

The event brought together the people of Ikono clan in their numbers and featured the formal reception of Mr. Clever Wisdom; a strong APC member in Bayelsa State who promised to support the group in achieving its set goals.