Councilors from the 329 wards in the state have reiterated their continued support for the incoming administration of Deacon Udom Emmanuel. Their position was made known through a communiqué issued at the end of a state congress held recently in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The forum charged candidates who contested for the governorship under different political platforms to close ranks and accept the olive branch extended to them by the governor-elect, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, which they described as one that will represent the interest of Akwa Ibom people, devoid of political affiliation, noting that the welfare of the people is crucial than the ambition of any individual.
The meeting presided by chairman of the forum, Hon. Charles Bassey, also lauded the chairman of Etinan local government area, Obong Isantim Kenneth Okon for appointing one of its members, Hon. Puis John, a councilor from Southern Iman Ward II, as vice-chairman of council, noting that the lawmaker’s elevation was a true indication of government’s readiness to engage more grassroots oriented persons in its activities.
On plans for the smooth take off of the Udom Emmanuel administration, the secretary of the forum, Hon. Nkereuwem James, said they were working on setting up a requisite grassroots support base that will give the incoming administration a reliable launch pad for the expected leap into the consolidation of the uncommon transformation ongoing in the state.
As part of its contribution to the transition program, the forum noted that it was embarking on a robust research and development program that will create a solid framework for needs assessment on a ward to ward basis across the state.
The congregation applauded chairmen of local government areas, who have facilitated development of constituency projects in their various wards, which they said is a constitutional obligation of elected councilors. They also called on council chairmen that are yet to make available resources for sitting and construction of constituency projects, to do same before the expiration of their tenure in the interest of the masses.