Godwin Jarkwa

The former Chairman of Uruan Local Government area, Dr. Eventus Edem has canvassed support for the governorship bid of Obong Nsima Ekere, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hon. Bassey Etim, Senatorial candidate for Uyo.

The event took place at Government Primary School, Ibiaku Issiet, Uruan Local Government area on Wednesday, February 13.

Dr. Edem who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed total disappointment with his former party for not rewarding hard work and loyalty.

He recalled how he had been involved in mobilization for his former party without a reward to compensate his efforts and sincerity.

He noted that Nsima Ekere’s blueprints for the development of Local Government Areas and their financial autonomy, payment of bursaries and other plans for the state’s economy attracted him.

He recalled that as a former council boss, he executed and completed many projects including the construction of a mini stadium and a Development Centre for Women, including payment of bursaries to students, adding that he is the only Chairman to have initiated and completed more projects in his time.

While speaking, caucus chairman of Uruan, Justice Andrew Okon conducted a brief voters’ education. He harped on the new voting instructions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and advised the people to go to their pulling units early enough, wait and protect their votes after voting.

Hon. Bassey Etim (Bafil) who was given a warm reception by his people, acknowledged that Uruan nation had not served as a Senator until the APC considered him fit for the job. He called on the people to unitedly vote the APC candidates in, and not allow personal issues or interests override public interest.

He reassured them of Obong Nsima Ekere’s promise to construct the road linking southern Uruan to northern Uruan which was already designed by the Obong Attah’s government, and promised to return for an elaborate thanksgiving when he succeeds.

The Deputy State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Ita Udosen who received over 1,200 defectors into the party reassured the new members of equal rights and benefits in the party.