Wednesday, 13 September 2017

LG Poll '17: Essien Udim youth adopt, endorsed Isobara

...As former aspirant steps down


It was celebration galore Tuesday in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom following the adoption and endorsement of the aspiration of Elder Raphael Isobara as the sole candidate for the December 2, 2017, Chairmanship elections in Essien Udim LGA.

This decision was made following a consultation visit to the youth of the Local Government by members of Ekemini Abasi Organization 2017 in company of Elder Raphael Isobara who is seeking for the office of the Chairman of the Local Government Council.

The youth who gathered in their thousands to receive their Chairmanship hopeful, sang and celebrated a man whom they described as a square peg in a square hole, adding that the wealth of experience gathered by Isobara as a private sector driven entrepreneur will redefine and redirect the consciousness of the youth of Essien Udim. 

Speaking on behalf of the youth, the Leader of the youth of Essien Udim, who doubled as the host, Otuekong Barr. Prince Akpabio, thanked Elder Isobara for aspiring to the position of the Chairman of the council, nothing that, when voted into power, his leadership will usher in a new direction not only for the youth but the generality of the people. 

He said it was expident for the youth to make the right decision in the choice of their leaders as the people are the product of their leaders. 

"Today we have decided to choose our leader, the Man who we believe will bring quality leadership to both the youth and everyone in Essien Udim. That leader is Elder Raphael Isobara. This is the decision of the youth and we believe it's the right decision. 

"When the righteous man is on the throne the people rejoice... And with Raphael Isobara we the people of Essien Udim will rejoice. 

"We will use the opportunity we have through our voters card to elect Raphael Isobara. His academic prowess and private sector experience will be very key in moving our community forward. Essien Udim people are very intelligent and very resourceful people and this explains why our leaders cannot be found wanting in the discharge of their duties when the chips are down. 

In his reaction, Elder Raphael Isobara, thanked the youth of Essien Udim for the confidence reposed on him and pledged to bring quality leadership to bare in Essien Udim.

Speaking on his concept of quality leadership, the business fire maintained that when a leader identify the needs of his people, the strength of their character, then attending to the worries of the people will be easy. And when this is possible, leadership is insight. He identify sustainable development and empowerment of the youth as the core ingredients that will direct the focus of his government. 

"I have spent quality time attending to my needs and that of my family. I am now looking for a platform to champion the responsibility and needs of others. Like a French philosopher once said: "A man begins to live when he starts to Champion the welfare of others. "

"I am not here to ......for your support nor asking you to make me the chairman of Essien Udim. I am simply here to thank you all for the confidence and trust you have in me and our past and present leaders. Since you have given me your support, I promise to use the office when voted in, to improve on the lives of the youth of our community. 

"Let me say that sustainable development and sustainable empowerment of the youth will be the focus of my administration. "

"When voted into power as the chairman by all, my administration will improve on the successes recorded by the past administration. This is because the immediate past Chairman, Nse Ntuen, left the council in a better shape, with a legacy of quality infrastructure that will stand the taste and it's our commitment to maintain and improve on these already built infrastructures . Also, our challenge will be to maintain good quality leadership left behind by our Distinguished Senator, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, who as a governor of our state, left an unprecedented leadership qualities, infrastructures, human development and general transformation of AKS.

"Akpabio's leadership style is a model to every aspiring son and daughter of Essien Udim LGA. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Nsikan Isidore Akpan who was also seeking for the office of the Chairman of Essien Udim LGA yesterday stepped down on his ambition and embraced the choice of the youth, proming to support Isobara since he is the choice of the youth.

"Today I make bold to say that I am stepping down for Raphael Isobara who has displayed high level of intelligence and integrity over the years in our community. He is respected by the youth and elders of Essien Udim for his vision. I and my timing supporters will support his course and see to his success. "

The adoption and endorsement was given a legal backing following a motion raised and duely seconded by Barr. Abasiama Umoata and Barr. Bassey Akpadiaha respectively following a unanimous voice vote by everyone present. 

The Chairman of Ekemini Abasi Campaign 2017 and former member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Sir. Joseph Umana, in his opening address thanked the host and leader of the youth for his love, benevolence and magnanimity displayed on the occasion. He opined that in as much as the youth of Essien Udim have confidence in the person of Raphael Isobara, he was rest assured that he will never disappoint on the mandate given by the people. "

Speaking further, the Director General of Ekemini Abasi Campaign 2017, Obong Hon. Emmanuel Useh, expressed delight at the excellent organizational display of the youth of Essien Udim and assured that every youth in the community will be involved in the government and administration of Raphael Isobara. 

He assured that security and welfare if the people shall be paramount in the same administration. 

In his goodwill remarks, Anthony Luke a. k. a ALUKO, the deputy State chairman youth caucus, said while addressing the gathering, expressed confidence in the person of Raphael Isobara, who he described as a gentle man with huge academic deposit. He noted that when given the needed support, Isobara will deliver dividend of democracy to the people of Essien Udim. 

In an auspicious vote of thanks delivered by a former council Chairman of Essien Udim, Hon. Victor Udofia, who could not hide his appreciation for the unanimous decision taken by the youth, said he believes that the future of Essien Udim will be guaranteed by the emegance of Raphael Isobara. He promised to give his support to the incoming administration which he said will be people centered. 

The youth have subsequently adopt and endorsed governor Udom Emmanuel for 2019 elections, the Senate Minority Leader, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio for a second term in the Senate and Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen for a second term in the State House of Assembly.

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