As a mark of being a popular choice, the people of Nto Obo I village in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State trooped out in their numbers with brass band and a long convoy of vehicles to lead their village head-elect, Chief Henry Udosat to the Ikot Antuk palace of the clan head of Midim, Chief Friday Isonguyo.
The historic event became a festival as celebration rocked the community throughout the day and over. This came as a confirmation of the peaceful election of Chief Udosat as family beads, elders, women, youths and well-wishers joined in marching to the palace of the clan head to present their village head elect.
Receiving the village head-elect, the clan head of Midim, Chief Friday Isonguyo, represented by the chairman of Midim Clan Council, Chief Patrick Thomas Akpan, the monarch thanked the people of Nto Obo I for following due process as provided by the Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers laws in their selection/election of their village head in the person of Chief Henry Udosat.
He particularly commended the people of Nto Obo 1 for their peaceful conduct during the entire process of selecting their leader.
According to him, "It is the tradition and custom of the people to take the due process in selecting the village head. Villages in Midim are not known for imposing village head on the people and, strongly believe that you people freely selected your village head which you are presenting him todayâ€.
He added that the clan head council abhors any selection of village head that does not follow due process as the council would not recognize anyone that emerges, without due process.
He noted that "I am not surprise that all the chiefs gathered here today in this palace have done the right thing in a right mannerâ€. The monarch then prayed for the village head-elect.
Also speaking while receiving the village head-elect, secretary, Midim Clan Council, Chief Saviour Abatai commended the people of Nto Obo I for following due process in their selection.
Abatai stressed that the Clan will not have anything to do with anyone hand-picked at Abak Council Secretariat as the traditional institution has no business with politics.
He said, "What you people have done is the right thing to do and not the imposition which the Clan Council has since rejectedâ€. He called on the village head-elect to carry all his subjects along in the discharge of his duties as the village head of Nto Obo 1.
On his part, Akuku Iteng said that no other village head-elect from Nto Obo 1 has been presented before the clan council and that, council does not speak with two mouths and equally prayed for the village head-elect.
Reacting, one of the sons to the Clan Head, Prince Victor Okon Isonguyo commended the people of Nto Obo I for their peaceful conduct during the selection and presentation process and assured that the clan head will write a recommendation letter to the Abak TRC for the recognition of Chief Henry Henry Udosat as the village head-elect.
In their reactions, Chairman, Nto Obo I & 2 Joint Council, Obong Ofonime George, a son of the former village head of Nto Obo I, Prince Felix Eshiet JP, and the family head or Ikot Oku Ido, Chief Etim Akpan, expressed gratitude to God for giving the village a leader that has integrity and what it takes to lead Nto Obo I.
They also commended the Midim Clan Council for accepting their village head-elect into their fold and equally promised on behalf of the people to work with the new village head to succeed in leading the village.
Responding, the village head-elect, Chief Udosat, thanked the Midim Clan Council for the open arms giving while receiving him.
He also promised to continue in following due process in getting certificate of recognition from the State Government.
Chief Udosat, who equally thanked his kinsmen for the confidence reposed in him, promised to lead the village with the fear of God.
He also called for cooperation and support from his kinsmen in order to success.