By Our Reporter
Members of The Association of Concerned Indigenes of Okoyong Community, ACIOC, today paid a courtesy call on the State Vice Chairman, (South) of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Asuquo Essien Ekpo in his office in Calabar.
President of the ACIOC, Pastor Effiong Ekpo said the association was proud to be associated with the PDP leader.
According to Pastor Ekpo, the visit was to identify with Mr. Asuquo Essien as well as congratulate him on his recent election as the State Vice Chairman, South of the PDP.
He described the association as one that has contributed immensely to the progress and development of the people and that of the entire Okoyong nation.
He said although the association was non political, they will however not relent in playing key advisory role to ensure peace is maintained in the whole of Okoyong nation.
“during previous elections in Okoyong, we know of the terrible things that use to happen. How people were injured and in some cases even killed. I have been a victim myself so I know what I am talking about. Our prayer is that the 2023 elections should be different from others. We will ensure that Okoyong is safe and peaceful” he concluded.
Reacting, the State Vice Chairman, South of the PDP, Mr. Asuquo Ekpo thanked the association for their selfless efforts in so many areas and appreciated them for the visit.
“I love my community so much because there is no other place I can go to apart from Okoyong. We must all think of what we can do to positively change that community to a better version of what it is now” Mr. Ekpo said.
He decried a situation where “the present indigenes are no longer interested in the ideals and values of our forefathers”
The PDP leader who also expressed dissatisfaction over the current situation in the state, said he was confident that the PDP will clinche power at both the federal and at the state level.
According to him, “if you look at the state now, nothing is happening. Just drive round the streets you will be surprised if this is the same Calabar we used to know. But as the bible says, the Egyptians we see today, we will see them no more”
On insecurity, Mr. Ekpo said, “the issue of insecurity in the state has become something else. People are now buying guns to protect themselves, as if we are in the northeast”
He advised young people against playing politics of hatred and violence.