By Mfonobong Ukpong
Members of Essien Udim caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and stakeholders of the Party have unanimously adopted Barr. Esse Gerald Umoh as sole candidate for the House of Assembly seat in the area come 2019.
The position of the caucus was announced, Friday at the residence of the political leader of Essien Udim, Obong Michael Afangideh during a consultation visit by Barr. Umoh, accompanied by members of his campaign team. Speaking on behalf of the caucus, the Political Leader of Essien Udim, Obong Afangideh, said the people of Essien Udim in general and the party in particular are satisfied with his candidacy, saying he was confident that Umoh, a former National Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria will represent Essien Udim effectively if voted into office. He maintained that Essien Udim is a PDP enclave, adding that the people of the area were ready to prove it in 2019.
Chief Afangideh reiterated the readiness of the party to ensure that Governor Udom Emmanuel is re-elected for a second term in 2019.
“Only one person has emerged for the race this time around in the person of Esse Umoh. His grand father was a Senator who represented this senatorial district in the National Assembly many years ago. Umoh’s candidacy has no opposition and we will elect him into the House of Assembly in 2019. Essien Udim is PDP, and Akwa Ibom State is PDP”.
Formerly Presenting Barr Umoh to the caucus, a Commissioner designate from the area, Otuekong Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio, thanked the stakeholders for granting the request of the people of Ikpe Annang, to support a vibrant youth in the person of Barr Esse Umoh to speak for Essien Udim State constituency in 2019.
“Essien Udim people have Proven that we have people in PDP. This is one young man who will be a bridge between the elders and the youths. Iam very sure Esse will not disappoint us”.
“Esse Umoh has been a Youth Chairman of Ikpe Anang, State Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigerian Youths Council, Deputy National Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, he later became the Acting National Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria and he served meritoriously. until his resignation few days ago, he was a Special Assistant to the Governor”.
Speaking for Udim axis of the local government area, Engr. Oliver Ebong, who is also the political leader of Adiasim, expressed the hope that Umoh will emerge victorious at the polls. A former National Officer of the PDP, Chief Barr. Imo Owo Okpokpo who spoke for Essien Annang axis, expressed happiness that the next House of Assembly member for Essien Udim will be produced from Ikpe Annang clan, an axis he said has been yearning to produce a a House of Assembly member.
“Ikpe Annang has been yearning to occupy the House of Assembly seat. Ikpe Annang is a vote basket, and we are happy that we will be producing the next House of Assembly member”.
Chief Okpokpo charged party faithful to return to their units and mobilize support for the PDP.
“Umoh is the best candidate, suitably qualified for the House of Assembly position in 2019”.
Also speaking, the Chapter Chairman of PDP in Essien Udim, Mr. Ntiedo Usoro hailed the decision of the caucus on the House of Assembly seat. He assured that the PDP in Essien Udim would work assisudously towards ensuring that Governor Udom Emmanuel returns for a second term office.
Intimating the caucus of his aspiration, Barr Umoh who hails from Ikpe Annang said he decided to offer himself for the assembly job in response to the clarion call by his people when he gets to the House of Assembly. . He promised he would never disappoint Essien Udim people.
High point of the consultation visit was the formal endorsement of Esse Umoh as sole candidate for the PDP in the 2019 House of Assembly seat.
Among stakeholders in attendance at the caucus meeting include, Sir Emem Akpabio, Commissioner designate, Prince Ukpong Udo Akpabio, former Chairman, Assembly Service Commission, Bishop Conel T. Udoh, a one time Commissioner in the state, Hon. Emmanuel Peter Umana, Dr. Lambert Udoh, Engr Oliver Ebong, and Chief David udo, among others.