A good Politician sure knows how to count his onions, just like Legendary Kenny Rogers’ saying is rife,
“Every Gambler knows that the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep” and so, for a Politician to “Throw away” his Constituents makes him a Loser and not a Winner. The Constituents, of course, are the undisputable Winners, indeed, just like the good political leader himself or herself, is always Winner, as well. Every hand is a winner and every hand is a loser. That’s the way life goes. Each and every one of us is unique and important, and no one is insignificant. This is the reasoning that guides a good politician, as he attempts to put the right mix in front of his constituents who have so much faith in him/her. Being a political leader, particularly, at the young age like Asuquo Ekpeyong Jnr., is a good start in the beginning as he has proved beyond reasonable doubts that he really is able to count his onions correctly.
Annually, the young Commissioner for Finance in his wisdom gathers his people of Odukpani origin, not only to host them for the Christmas festivities, but to give himself and the people, the opportunity to share good times, while at the same time, trying to understand their needs in an informal and non-tensed environment that offers them both, real sense of belonging that builds more of their trust in each other. In appreciation of their unwavering support,
Asuquo Ekpenyong organized a thanksgiving to end the year, 2020 in their honour all his teeming supporters, indigenes of Odukpani and friends alike, and appreciate their tremendous support, as well as, prayers, for him.
Dedicating the annual event which was held at his private residence in Calabar, Ekpeyong who dedicated the occasion to the State Governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, said that celebrating with his people was is his own way of connecting closely with his Constituents, appreciating their continued support and keeping the home fires burning.
He therefore, used the Christmas and New Year, occasion to call on Cross Riverians to renew their faith in the government of the day, praying also, for a prosperous 2021 for the people of Odukpani in particular, and Cross River, as a whole. “Christmas and New Year symbolize the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, being the birth of a new dawn for the salvation of souls for all humanity, especially, for Christians and should therefore, not be Used for only merry making but deep reflection”, he advised.
In her remarks, Chairman of Odukpani, Hon. Justina Edem, who eulogized the Odukpani people for their topmost support and cravings for good leadership, thanked them for re-affirming their trust and faith in the leadership of the State Governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade. Also, Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Edet Oqua, pleaded with the people to be patient, while looking forward to a better future.