It was a jubilation galore at the Abak federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State as the retired Deputy Inspector General of police, DIG Udom Ekpoudom finally acceded to the call by his people to contest for senate in the 2023 elections under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
According to stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, it is the turn of Abak Federal Constituency where Ekpoudom comes from to produce the senate for the district in 2023 in which they subsequently adopted him as the sole candidate.
Speaking at the official commissioning of his campaign office in Ikot Ekpene donated by Chief Godwin Afangideh, Ekpoudom promised to focus on security, education, mass transportation, roads and infrastructure, housing, health, environment, agriculture, economic, social, youth and women development.
Ekpoudom who promised to use his wealth of experience in leadership to galvanize the Senatorial district assures of his commitment in representing the people well.
He said, “In the past, I have been blessed by God to serve as a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and served the good people of this nation creditably well. Hence, my varied experience in private and public life has imbued me with requisite insights, experiences and network of relationships adequate to provide a leadership that will galvanize our dear senatorial district to achieve her manifest destiny in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.
“Recall, on the 6th February, 2022, stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district adopted me as a sole Senatorial Aspirant and I am responding to that call for service. By this, I know you have placed me on position of responsibility and authority but be rest assured that I will not fail the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in the challenge ahead.”
Speaking earlier, the Director General of the Ekpoudom Campaign Organisation and Former Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Uwem Udoma thanked party stalwarts for coming out en-masse to show their solidarity and support.
“Today, we’ve demonstrated our collective decision to take this bold step because I believe at a point in time in every man’s life, we must choose what we want to do and we must take bold decisions and this is one of the bold decisions we have taken for the betterment of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District”, he added.
Also speaking, the South-South Zonal Secretary of the party, Ita Udosen affirmed that in the interest of justice, equity and fairness, Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency must be allowed to produce the next Senator representing the area, stressing that DIG Ekpoudom has garnered the needed experience which can be to the benefit of the Senatorial district in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general.
The State Chairman of the party, Augustine Ekanem on his own harped on the need for party members to expand their dragnet and reach out to the units, wards and chapters. He reiterated that for the party to succeed, members need to cultivate and partner with units as the major power base.
Prominent political leaders of the All Progressives Congress including Archbishop Samuel Akpan and Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen marshaled arguments in favour of zoning the senate seat to Abak Federal Constituency. They reiterated that Ekpoudom’s decision to contest for a senate seat is to provide purposeful leadership for the people of his district.