Ahead of the 2019 Elections in Akwa Ibom State, youths of Oro Nation, under the aegis of Nlap Isong Akpakip Oro, have vowed not to support the Governorship ambition of a former Deputy Governor in the State, Obong Nsima Ekere.
In a Press Release jointly signed by its President, Hon. Victor Anwanakak and General Secretary, Emmanuel Atansek, the Group disclosed their displeasure over the failure of Obong Ekere and other leaders of APC in Akwa Ibom State, to empower youths of Oro Nation either through appointments, scholarships or contracts, noting they had expected such gestures as rewards for supporting the APC since its inception in 2013.
Continuing, the Group slammed Ekere, who is the current Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), for also failing to execute a single NDDC project in Oro, saying, “of all the projects advertised for execution in Oro Nation, none has taken off”.
Nlap Isong Akpakip Oro also pointed out that, “no elder or woman from Oro extraction has benefitted from NDDC contracts under Obong Nsima Ekere’s tenure as MD”, adding, “Obong Nsima Ekere in his disinclination for Oro Nation, has refused youths of the area any appointments (sic) into his Personal Assistant and Special Advisory positions.”
While hinting on the NDDC volunteer Scheme, the Group expressed sadness, that no youth from the five Local Government Areas of Oro Nation has benefitted from the Scheme, revealing that youths from the area who applied for NDDC scholarships were “systematically ” denied of the gesture.
The Group also accused the erstwhile Deputy Governor of hindering “all prospects of an Oro man or woman completing the remaining four years left behind by Engr. Etim Inyang Jnr., who represented Akwa Ibom on the board of the Commission”, (NDDC), alleging that he (Ekere), “colluded with some APC stakeholders, to deny Oro of any top government appointment over the years.
The Release further stressed that youths of Oro Nation have discovered a better alternative to Obong Ekere as governor, maintaining that they have resolved “never to support Obong Nsima Ekere in his future political ambition”, while also vowing never to support the APC, in Akwa Ibom State.