The 2016 Peoples Democratic Party Ward Congress will for a long while remain a reference point to upcoming ones and those organized in the past. It will root fresh and evergreen in the hearts and minds of all peace loving, progress-driven and those who desire a new course outline for the largest party in sub-Saharan/entire Africa. The event which held across national and state coastlines of PDP descent on Saturday 30’04’2016 left no one in doubt that the party is fully branded, renewed and battle ready ahead the 2019 General Elections with a clear cut determination to grab the centre stage.

A violence free, hitchless and purposeful drive as party faithfuls churned out in unlimited counts to elect and select new ward party leaders/officials that will steer the ship of the party in their respective domain like never before. It was a measure of democracy at its premium as the entire exercise was devoid of manipulations, godfatherism, negative scheming, votes trade and other related vices anti-party norms that characterized previous exercises. The release of materials, composition and compilation of delegates was given a perfect and very thorough scrutiny to provide an all inclusive participation across the various party cadre.

In Akwa Ibom State for the first time in history and something to remember, His Excellency, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel insisted and gave a marching order which was 100per cent ad heard to, that a hi-tech media and publicity coverage be provided to aid showcase the smooth conduct of the exercise to the entire world that indeed Akwa Ibom State is a safe haven, destination choice and worthy of reckoning.

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For our team, the cover beat roved round Oro Nation axis which many had for seen may likely be volatile and a seeming flash point. And then we set sail the coverage yacht enroute Oron, Uruefong Oruko, Udunguko and Mbo LGAs to an amazement of a peaceful, serene and calm terrain where the party got a knod of kudos, tripling encomiums and overwhelming support for conducting first in a lifetime congress with little or no objections to the rules of engagement. The four Oro LGAs gave their optimum best as the team went round monitoring and assessing progress.

Closing in on arrival, we put a call through to some prominent, strategic political gladiators of Oro nation and we were confidently assured that the exercise will go on smoothly and unhindered. And we took the assurance to the bank.

Senator Nelson Effiong representing Eket Senatorial District in the Red Chambers gave our monitoring crew a solid foot to match round the entire 8wards of Oron LGA without any element of fear and scare. He told us it was a done deal.

Chieftaincy /Local Government Affairs Boss-Victor Antai mounted his usual political rostrum in Mbo and he delivered duely in his immeasurable style and dimension.

We kept sauntering into the various nooks and corners of Oro Nation and our deduction was substantial, Gov Udom Emmanuel is sure a grassroots player of no less repute and allowing the exercise to be people-inclusive and fully participated integrally by all irrespective of party hierarchy is an indication of a man whose credibility in leadership knows no bound. Gov. Udom Emmanuel believes politics is a game and must be played well according to laid down rules and regulations.

Member representing Oron/Urung Uko State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Effiong Okon Bassey adjudged the entire 2016 ward congress a litmus test in our current democratic experiment and that so far we’ve scored premium points.

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To cap the originality and authenticity of the exercise up without blowing our trumpet for doing excellently and proving critics wrong, Executive Chairman Oron LGA, Hon. Oman Esin aligned with our monitoring effort, allowing the process went simple, easy and fully endorsed by the people. He found time even in the hit of the moment to spell out modalities that enhanced a peaceful and acceptable exercise. Esin beats his chest that Oron will record no trace of violence, disagreement nor wild allegations as everyone is fully involved in the choice of the new ward PDP officials this time around. He commended the selfless effort of Gov. Udom Emmanuel who ensured that this season, we must have a reason to build an all inclusive Peoples Democratic Party.

Esin further attest that the Governor’s choice as the party’s zoning formular chairman ahead of the National Convention stems from his ability, political dynamics, bridge building ideology and zeal to ensure PDP solidifies ahead of 2019 and beyond.

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Wherever you were and what you did on Saturday, 30’04’2016 during the 2016 PDP ward congresses, if you had not set your foot on the sands of Oro Nation who have renewed their vow to stand with the right man, for the right job and at the right time-Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

You indeed missed a juicy chunk of PDP’s pie at the moment.(Chuckles)

We join all well meaning Akwaibomites to salute those who emerged new PDP Ward officials/leaders, and urge them to be fully committed and resolute in their onerous service to the party and her affairs most especially in this challenging season. All the best PDP!


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