“Yes, I am a political animal and I have the right to do so. I aspired to contest for that office in 2015 but was prevailed upon to withdraw for Hon. Emmanuel Ekon to go for a second term. I respected the leadership of the State and the party and dropped same.
It did not end there. I supported Ekon, spent money and time to help him win right from the primaries up to the general elections.
“We have given Hon. Ekon the opportunity to serve for two terms. He has served his time and benefitted from the magnanimity of our people and my humility. He promised he will support me after his two terms. I hope he stands by his words.
To answer your question directly, I say yes – I am very interested in the House of Representatives Seat which comes to Abak LGA going by our local zoning arrangement”
Mr. Aniekan John Umanah is a former Commissioner for Ministry of Information and Communications, Akwa Ibom State
Born on May 19, 1968 in Abak Local Government, Hon. Aniekan John Umanah attended Bishop Clarks Primary School, Abak; Holy Family College, Abak; Lutheran High School, Obot Idim; and the University of Cross River State (Now University of Uyo). He holds B.A (Hons.) History, PGD Media and Public Relations.
He is a certified member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), and Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN).
His professional career spans through journalism to advertising to web design and to the public service. As a journalist, he rose from a reporter to become a Chief Correspondent Government House at Outlook Newspapers Limited. He was an Editorial Executive at Newswatch Communications Limited, in addition to becoming Manager/Controller, Special Projects Business development of the organization.
Before his appointment as a Commissioner for Information in 2008, he had served as Editor /Director Web Media with Millennium Technologies (USA); was founder/Chief Executive Officer, Executive Media Options Limited, Lagos; Editor-in-Chief Billboard World Magazine; and served as Media Partner to Tinapa Business Resort, Cross River State Carnival Commission and Celtel Nigeria.
Hon. Umanah is a Deacon of the Qua Iboe Church. He is married to Deaconess Maureen Aniekan Umanah and the marriage is blessed with children.