By Nduke Udobong
The State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Akwa Ibom Chapter, has been inaugurated with Dr. Udoma Bob Ekarika as State Chairman, while Elder Emmanuel Udoh is the State Deputy Chairman. Also inaugurated as State Secretary was Dr Effiong Etok, popularly called Charles Taylor.
The inauguration which was performed by the State Legal Adviser, Barr Emms Ekongson Snr today, Monday at Daaty Hotel, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, also had Obong Uko Umoh, Obong Kufre Inyangette and Elder Emmnuel Oton as State Vice Chairmen for Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo), Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene) and Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial Districts, respectively.
Others were Comrade Lucky Moses Jnr as State Youth Leader, while Engr. Okon Nya, Bassey Essiet, were sworn-in as State Welfare Secretary and Organizing Secretary, among others.
Also inaugurated were the Chapter Chairmen of the party in the 31 local government areas of the state and their executives as well as Three Hundred and Twenty Nine Ward Chairmen and their Executives.
In his acceptance speech, the new APC State Chairman, Dr. Udoma Ekarika, thanked all the delegates of the party who elected him on the 19th of May, 2018 as well as faithful of the party in the state for their show of love and support.
Udoma, a former Commissioner in the state, who was also the Director General of the 2011 Governorship Campaign Committee of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, also used the occasion to call for a minute of silence in honour of the deceased members of the party especially those who were killed on March 22, 2011, at Ikot Ekpene, during campaign tour, allegedly by elements of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State.
The State APC boss promised party faithful in Akwa Ibom state that his inauguration marked the beginning of a new breath within the party in the state. He assured the teeming supporters who thronged to witness the inauguration that the dreams of the APC in the state forming a responsible government would be realized come May 29, 2019.
While encouraging members of the APC to continually support President Buhari in his second term bid in order for him to continue in his good works of rescuing Nigeria, the Akwa Ibom APC boss also congratulated His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on his emergence as the National Chairman of the party during the June 23 National Convention.