A former governor of Cross River State, Mr Clement Ebri is mobilising his Mkpani people of Yakurr Local Government for the re-election of Dr Alex Egbona as member, House of Representatives for the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency.
This is even as various stakeholders, political and party leaders in all the 23 council wards of the constituency have pledged to work hard to ensure that Egbona gets back to the National Assembly in 2023.
Last week, Ebri addressed key and influential people from his Mkpani ward where he vouched for the ability of Egbona to touch more lives in their ward and in the entire constituency when he secures a second term mandate.
Ebri who said Egbona was a man after his heart, because of his character and heart of service urged the Mkpani people not to mortgage their conscience for temporary gratifications from people who do not have the interest of Mkpani at heart.
“Dr Alex is a man I trust. I have watched his activities before and now that he is in the National Assembly. He has done well for our people during his short stay in the House of Reps, despite the shortcomings and all that he went through before eventually settling down.
“One way of encouraging him to do more is to give him all our support. Don’t mortgage your conscience for money. I stand with Alex and I want you people to stand with him for the good of our constituency. I trust his capacity to do much more for us. He is someone I trust. Let’s support him to go for a second term because that is the only time he can influence better projects and programmes, since he will become a ranking member.”
At the consultative meeting which Egbona had with Mkpani people, he gave an account of his stewardship and narrated all that he has attracted for the Mkpani people, including the installation of solar powered street lights.
He also spoke on his efforts to get the appropriate federal government agencies to begin work on the Mkpani-Agoi road. He said the people should judge him based on his achievements in about three years, compared to what others did in 20 years.
Egbona said many Mkpani people have been empowered through his initiatives and added that he would do much more during his second term, as some projects had already been included in next year’s budget for the benefit of the people.
Some of the stakeholders who spoke at the meeting hailed him for always standing by Mkpani people, even as they recalled the assistance he gave them during the last new yam festival.
From the various wards that make up the Nko community of Yakurr, there was so much praises for Egbona who they described as their son and saviour. They made particular reference to the assistance they got from the legislator when they had issues with their neighbours, which forced them to flee their homes.
Speaker after speaker extolled the good heart of Egbona and said they owed him all their votes as reward for his benevolence and standing by them in their times of need.
For example, Dr Brownson Okorn said “you are a good man. You are the only politician that came personally to visit us in our times of troubles. It is your unique selling point. We will stand by you during the election.
A retired General, Enang Ukagu who also spoke said “to say you are a good man is an understatement. We were full of prayers for you during your moments of travails, after your election and during the rerun. Thank you for the Nko people you have touched their lives. We are willing to work for you.”
Egbona said during the meeting that he had empowered Nko people in the past and would continue to do so in the days ahead. He thanked Nko people for their support and said he won his 2019 election because of they stood by him.
He said educational materials have been supplied to the people and that their sons and daughters were part of those to be trained in modern fish and poultry farming this month.