By Ikora Ayungbe ,Uyo
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, non-indigenes resident in Akwa Ibom State have inaugurated a political group known as Non-Indigenes for Nsima Ekere (NINE), to mobilize support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Obong Nsima Ekere.
The group which was launched over the weekend in Uyo, had in attendance over 500 members from Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Uyo senatorial districts.
Speaking after the inauguration, the Coordinator of the support group, Mr. Julius Joseph disclosed that Non-Indigenes for Nsima Ekere support organization is organized to rally support for Obong Nsima Ekere, who they believe has a proven track record to lead Akwa Ibom in the right direction.
“We have established NINE primarily to mobilize support for Nsima Ekere, who since assumption of office as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission has shown overwhelming commitment towards the development of the Niger Delta region.
“Under his able watch at the helm of affairs, so many areas in the Niger Delta that have never had it good or never dreamt of having quality tarred roads, and other infrastructure are today enjoying the benefits of these infrastructures. The only way we can express our gratitude to him for his good works is to give him our unalloyed support in the 2019 governorship election,” he said.
While lamenting that Mr. Ekere would be greatly missed by the people of Niger Delta region when he eventually vacate office.
Mr. Joseph urged the people of Akwa Ibom to place their fate in him by voting for him massively. Emphasizing that the APC governorship candidate is committed towards reducing the level of poverty by providing quality infrastructure and creating jobs.
The Coordinator also disclosed that public enlightenment and campaign rallies by the organization are expected to begin immediately the governorship campaigns officially kick off in line with the electoral guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Joseph also revealed that the group which is entirely made up of non-indigenes who are eligible to vote in Akwa Ibom State, is currently on a recruitment drive for more members.
Stressing that its membership cuts across business men and women, and professionals from all walks of life. Mr. Joseph used the occasion to commend Senator Godswill Akpabio for his effective representation in the Senate and for standing up not for the people of Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District alone but the entire Niger Delta region and Nigeria at large.
Describing the Akpabio as a worthy son in-law of Igboland, the NINE Coordinator pledged the group’s commitment towards campaigning and mobilizing support for the erstwhile governor in his second term bid as a senator.
The group comprises over 2000 members, predominantly made up of people from the South-East and South-South regions.