Akwa Ibom polls: Youths protest imposition of Chairmanship candidate

Youths of Urueoffong Oruko native authorities space in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday staged a peaceable protest over what they described as “imposition of a Chairmanship candidate on them.”

The youths who gathered across the LGA Secretariat carried placards, denouncing alleged Godfatherism.


‘Say no to imposition and nepotism’, “Urueoffong Oruko should be free from depraved cabals’ ‘Urueoffong Oruko will resist the imposition of any candidate’, ‘Say no to Godfatherism’ and ‘Urueoffong Oruko should elect their chairman comes October 2020’ amongst others.

A report had emerged PDP Chieftain, Mrs Valuable Selong, and a Vice-Chairman of the council is the consensus candidate within the forthcoming election.

However the youths throughout the protest demanded to be allowed to elect the candidate of their selection, with out the pointless imposition of a candidate.


Led by Ben Okung, the youths stated the improper number of an aspirant might stagnate the progress and recognition of the Folks’s Democratic Celebration(PDP) within the council space, including that the protest is to indicate their disapproval of the candidate.

“The whole youths and anxious elders of Urueoffong Oruko got here out to precise their minds by means of a peaceable protest informing the PDP management within the State and their listening Governor that they don’t need Mrs Valuable Selong as their chairperson.

“We’re calling on our Governor who’s the chief of the occasion to offer a degree taking part in floor for all aspirants and their chosen candidate.


Additionally talking, occasion loyalist, Mr Emmanuel Okon frowned on the alleged removing of Colonel Sampson on the record of cleared aspirants by the occasion.

He stated it was very disappointing and a slap on the folks of the realm who can not level to any venture executed throughout the tenure of Mrs Selong as Vice Chairperson and Transition Chairperson of the LG for 3 years respectively.

One other PDP stalwart within the council space, Elder Ante Ante defined that because the creation of the native authorities space in 1991 until date, there was nothing to indicate for the lengthy existence of the LG.


Ante emphasised that native authorities creation was carried out to rework rural communities to city and semi-urban cities and never for private funding.

He referred to as on Governor Udom Emmanuel, to harken to their plea by permitting all aspirants check their recognition on the LG Chairmanship election primaries slated for August 24, 2020.