By ALFONSUS IBOK
The Ward Leader, Central 1 in Uruan Local Government Area, Pastor Bassey Isin has tasked elders and youths to desist from playing politics of insulting and disparaging elders or people who do not agree with their decisions at any given time.
Pastor Isin made this known while responding to a release issued by some Elders under the auspices of PDP Elders Forum Uruan Local Government bothering on the issues of Political Leadership of Uruan where the person of Engr. Offiong Akpabio was brought to disrepute. He stated unequivocally that since he was part of the enlarged meeting where Engr. Offiong Akpabio was selected as the Leader of Uyo Senatorial District Elders Forum, as such, he could not have been part of another meeting back lashing him.
“My attention has been drawn to a publication said to have my signature; as one of those disparaging and insulting the person of Obong Engr. Offiong Akpabio, and for avoidance of doubt, I need to state as follows:
That I was part of the enlarged meeting of Uyo Senatorial District Elders Forum, where Obong Engr Offiong Usen Akpabio was selected as the Leader of Uyo Senatorial District Elders Forum and as such, I could Not have been part of another meeting”.
He added that the PDP Chapter Chairman of Uruan only barged in on him on his way out to church pleading for his signature for a letter where Uruan Elders are appreciating the Governor – His Excellency Udom Emmanuel and the Elders of Uyo Senatorial District for the successful burial of our late Leader Obong Ekpe Atakpo. A letter he noted he only signed on trust as he had no time to read only to realise that what the document had was a release disparaging the personality of one of the best leaders Uruan has in the person of Obong Engr Offiong Akpabio.
“I am therefore apologizing to Obong Engr Offiong Usen Akpabio my father and mentor for over twenty five (25) years now, and the entire people of Uruan Inyang Atakpo that it was not a deliberate act but that of not reading the document and having looked through the signature, everyone had signed leaving myself and Rt Hon Usenobong Akpabio, which he told me he was going to him from my place and because I will never believe that a group of selected few could do such disparaging damage on any Uruan Leader no matter the offence talk less on the person of Engr Offiong Akpabio , as I will never be part of such a meeting or communique”
“That for my conscience’ sake I will therefore withdraw my signature from such communique both in Spirit and in letter”.
“Let me also state for the records that it’s high time we stop the politics of insulting and disparaging our Elders or people who do not agree with our decisions at any given time as this has become the bane of us for now.
“When the likes of Engr Offiong Usen Akpabio started playing and investing in politics in Uruan and Akwa Ibom State where were many of us? He enthused.