By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
FORMER House of Representatives member for Eket Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, honourable Eseme Eyiboh, says the people of his constituency have asked the State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel not to seek re-election in 2019 because his administration has not been fair to them.
Eyibo said the people of Eket Federal constituency comprising Onna, Eket, Esit and Ibeno local government areas are aggrieved that the current administration has not been fair to them in terms of development in spite of the fact that the governor hails from the area.
Speaking on behalf the constituency Thursday during a media chat in Uyo, the former federal lawmaker decried a situation where the three industries attracted to the area by governor Emmanuel namely the metering, syringe, and flour mill, are all located in Onna, the governor’s home town.
Eyibo said that he was reacting to the governor’s statement at his declaration for second term in Uyo, that he (Emmanuel) was doing so to accede to the yearnings of the Akwa Ibom people.
His words, “During his declaration for second term in Uyo, he has said that he is responding to the yearnings of the people, that is why he is contesting for the a second term. The governor may only be responding to some people, but not all.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel is a good man but his administration has not been fair to the people of Eket Federal Constituency where I come from, that is the reason we are asking him not to contest for a second term in office.
” The facts must at all times speak for themselves. The opinions of most of us from Eket Federal Constituency are that democracy has no meaning. What we are saying is that democracy must be given meaning, the principle of governance must be established”
Eyiboh, who is the current chairman of the Cross River Basins Development Authorities said the people had expected that the governor would have revived the long abandoned Akwa Palms, Etebi in Esit Eket Local Government Area to provide jobs for idle youths and served as source of revenue generation to the area.
He decried how the place had been taken over and converted to dens for different cult groups, noting that the cult members now lease out parts of the areas, a worrisome situation he (Eyiboh ) said that he had even reported the issue to the police.
“Leadership is a responsibility that must be accounted for; so we insist that it must be accounted for before we go into another term of contract. It is important we bring to the notice of the general public. It is not about party, I am talking on behalf of the people of Eket Federal Constituency.
“There is nothing to reflect Eket constituency as an oil producing community. Eket people have been neglected. And we are saying if this could happen in four years, eight years could be an extension of the neglect.
” We are suffering as oil baring community and the governor during his campaigns had promised that when he become governor that oil producing communities in Akwa Ibom will no longer be the same”, he stressed.