Oro nation needs Governor not SSG–APC Gov. Aspirant

By Esseh Ikora

Akwa Ibom State All Progressives Congress(APC) Governorship aspirant, the forthcoming 2019 , Barrister Asuquo Okpo, has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for appointing Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as Secretary to the State government but added that the Oro people need governorship seat SSG.

Okpo however admitted that  the appointment of the Ekuwem from the Oron extraction has corrected the over 20 years of imbalance political appointment the state.

Speaking Uyo at the weekend, the aspirant recalled that Okokon Antigha was the only man from Oro nation who served as secretary to the state government 20 years ago.

However, he said the appointment has stopped  the marginalization of his Oro people.

Okpo maintained that the Oro people would sacrifice their aspiration for governorship of the state on the altar of SSG’s appointment, stressing that his people would continue to until every trait of marginalization is erased in 2019 the emergence of one of  them  as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.

According to him the appointment of the SSG is the beginning of the actualization of the hopes of the Oro people of clinching the coveted seat in 2019.

Okpo based his calculation on the premise that, “Governor Udom Emmanuel was appointed secretary to the state government by Akpabio, and  it eventually paved the way for his eventual emergence as the executive governor of the state.

“The appointment of an Oro man as the SSG will equally open the way for the emergence of the state governor from the Oro extraction” he maintained.

Okpo who decamped to APC after the 2015 PDP primaries was among the 22 PDP Governorship aspirants who walked out of Godwill Akpabio Stadium venue of the PDP Governorship primaries, citing and imposition of Governorship in the state as reason for his defection.