From Joe Effiong, Uyo
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Umo Eno, has promised to provide service instead of rulership and to sustain peace, security, and development in the state.
Speaking, yesterday, in Uyo during the official kick-off of campaigns for his governorship bid, Eno said he would build and leverage on the legacies of the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel if elected in 2023.
He said his contract with the people was summed in his ARISE agenda focused on agriculture, investment, security and education among others.
He assured he would not take the people and the confidence they have reposed in him for granted.
He pledged to continue on the path of peace, food security, advancement in education, stem rural-urban migration, and ensure a robust security management system.
Eno said he would build on the legacies of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the aviation sector by building a cargo terminal for flight along the West coast, expand on road infrastructure, and ensure private sector driven ventures are established in the state.
“Today on this same ground, I stand here to unveil our contract with Akwa Ibomites at home and in the diaspora. A contract to continue on the path of peace, security and development we have enjoyed in the last seven years plus. A contract to create jobs, to maintain and advance our world class infrastructure in Akwa Ibom State, a contract to ensure food security through agricultural revolution, a contract to make sure our children are made ready and equipped to compete favourably with their counterparts all over the world through advancement in education and the provision of the necessary tools to help drive the vision.
“A contract to stem rural-urban migration through robust investments in rural development. A contract to ensure that our people continue to live in peace and that the sanity of the human life is protected through our security management system. I am here to unveil a contract for peace, unity, for brotherhood; a contract where finer details are couched in Christian virtues and values and above all, a contract with God as the author and finisher of our lives,” he said.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel said the state would never go back to the dark ages where its leaders were only interested in the treasury and money.
Emmanuel said God glorified PDP in 2015, 2019 and would glorify the party again in 2023, saying the journey was about God and the destiny of Akwa Ibom State.
He charged the people to vote for PDP at the presidential, state, and senatorial district levels during the 2023 elections, saying as a man of integrity he promised not to contest as a senator for Akwa Ibom South senatorial district and has kept to his word, even when a delegation urged him to contest.
While presenting the PDP flag to the party’s governorship candidate and his deputy, State Chairman of PDP, Aniekan Akpan said the state has always been PDP since 1999 and would continue to be even in 2023.
Akpan, who described Eno as a man of capacity, confidence, character, industry and creativity, said the governorship candidate was coming with a complete package.
Director General, Umo Eno Campaign Organisation, Chief Assam Assam promised to deliver the PDP candidate in the 2023 elections, saying the people of the state have adopted and accepted the governorship candidate.