The Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Edidem Udo Ntok Obom, has declared that the election of the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Obong Nsima Ekere, as governor of Akwa Ibom State is the collective desire of Ikot Abasi people.
The monarch made the declaration on Sunday at his palace in Okon, Ikot Abasi, when Ekere and his campaign team paid homage on him and the clan and village heads of the area.
Leading a prayer for Ekere and his running mate, Dr. Amadu Attai, Obom said: “His desire is our desire. What he wants is what Ikot Abasi wants.”
He prayed for God’s guidance and protection to enable Ekere emerge victorious in the election.
The monarch thanked the APC standard bearer, who he described as the governorship candidate that will be governor, for exhibiting the trait of a good son by coming to inform his fathers before flagging off his campaign.
In his remarks, Ekere recalled past efforts by some Ikot Abasi politicians to win the governorship position of the state and pointed out that the area now had the best chance for the position.
He used the opportunity to dispel insinuations in certain quarters that Akwa Ibom State would lose the position of Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) once he resigned, stressing that the president was bound by law to appoint his replacement from the state.