Uyo Media Forum Condemns Attack on Religious Fathers
…Insist on zero tolerance on cultism
…Calls for embracement of PMM
The Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum (USDMPF) has frowned on the recent verbal attack on religious fathers in the State who condemned the activities of cultists and forbade any of such from aspiring for the 2023 governorship seat in the State.
The group who bore its mind at a press briefing held on Thursday, August 5, 2021, expressed disappointment that the fathers of faith were being misunderstood, tongue-lashed and mouth-washed with reckless abandon by people who should rather take their spiritually-backed opinions as absolute.
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According to a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the Uyo media forum pushed that no aspirant should condone or encourage cultism, describing the vice as a destructive tenet which has eaten deep into the moral fabrics of the society and subsequently ruined the future of the youths.
“Any governorship aspirant who fails to condemn cultism has a moral question before the electorate”, they stressed.
Explaining that the USDMPF was formed to make advocacy for, and project the interests of the Senatorial District and is particularly focused on the 2023 Governorship elections, zoned to Uyo Senatorial District; the Forum clearified that they are not aligned to any governorship aspirant but is “poised and determined to interface with all stakeholders with a view to identifying, promoting and rallying support for the best candidate from the district to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel come 2023”.
Lauding the initiative behind the establishment of the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), the Uyo Media practitioners noted that it was necessary to sustain the Peace recorded in the state under the present administration ahead the next dispensation of government. They therefore called on people of the State to shun inciting comments which would undermine the Movement and rather embrace it and its dictates for progress and development.
“Following the launch of the MPM hitherto known as Peace Maintenance Movement, in Ini and Ikono, Urueoffong Oruko, Okobo, and Nsit Atai, some mischief makers have come out with divisive and inciting comments to undermine the peace movement; with some persons alleging that it is a campaign against some governorship aspirants or in support of some aspirants. But our checks have revealed that these are completely unfounded…the Forum accordingly calls on all the good people and residents of Akwa Ibom State to support the Peace Movement as it is only in an atmosphere of peace in the State that our prosperity, economic growth, social development and foreign direct investments drive can thrive”, the communiqué reads.
While charging citizens of the State on the need to know their civic responsibilities, the forum advocated massive participation in the ongoing Voters’ registration exercise, ahead the 2023 elections.
They further appealed to aspirants in the State to call their supporters to order and warn them to desist from attacking and abusing the governor who is the father of Akwa Ibom State, adding that no one spits on a stool and expects to sit on it.
“Aspirants should rather engage Akwa Ibom people on their programmes if elected into office and stop dropping the governor’s name or sponsoring malicious campaigns against the author of the Divine Mandate. Such actions are at best unnecessary against a leader who has openly denounced any intention of going for a third term through surrogacy. The Governor has further stated that he has no intention of vying for the senate position in his Senatorial District. This is a major leap for zoning and rotation of power, which his administration has always championed. This is a major indication that in his completion agenda, peace and crises management, are essential features”, the USDMPF wrote.
Meanwhile, the forum has condemned the fracas and violence which enveloped the just conducted All Progressives Congress (APC) ward election. They note that “the violence and ongoing anarchy in what is supposed to be a mere internal family affair, smacks of disunity and poor leadership by the party”.