Don't Present Another Candidate From Oku Clan, Royal Father Warns

The paramount ruler of Uyo Local Govern ment Area, Edidem Sylvanus Okon, has warned against the presentation of another candidate for the office of chairman of the LGA from Oku Clan. The Uyo monarch stated this, Tuesday when the aspirant from the area, Arc. Cyril Stephen Okpon was presented to the Uyo Traditional Rulers Council at the council secretariat in Uyo. The royal father said Cyril Okpon is on a rescue mission in Uyo Local Government, urging him not to disappoint the people if he wins the election. Okon also advised him not to forget the Traditional Rulers Council if he becomes the chairman of Uyo Local Government, and should in addition brings innovations to the council. On his part, the aspirant, Cyril Okpon, said his mission to become chairman is driven by his desire to transform the local government area. While noting that traditional fathers have not been properly taken care of, he pledged to increase the stipends of members of the traditional ruler's council if elected as chairman. He said he will work in partnership with councilors and the Traditional Rulers Council to achieve the objectives of his administration, adding that establishing an international market in Uyo Local Government is top in his priority list. Also present at the event was the chairman of Uyo traditional ruler's advisory council, Chief Simeon Umoette, who commended Cyril Okpon for coming tops during the search for a competent chairmanship candidate in Uyo Local Government. He urged him to surpass the achievements of his predecessors if electe,d adding that his performance as chairman will determine his subsequent successes in politics. Other speakers at the event were the clan heads of Oku, Eteidung Aniefiok Okpon and his Ikono counterpart, both of whom urged Okpon to carry traditional rulers along if he becomes chairman. Eteidung Okpon, however, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for sustaining the culture of zoning, saying that the formula has brought stability and peace to the state, adding that it should be maintained.

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