Post Elections: Battle of Statehood Must Commence – PDP Tells Akwa Ibom People
…Insists their candidates do not have excuse for Poor Performance
By Ekemini Simon
The Peoples Democratic Party, Akwa Ibom State Chapter has said that the battle to ensure Akwa Ibom State is launched into global limelight has commenced.
This was contained in a Press Statement read today by the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Obong Paul Ekpo.
The State PDP Chairman noted that the State having experienced the end of the post electoral judicial process, which signals the conclusion of the entire electoral process into different offices, save the court ordered rerun in Essien Udim Local Government Area in three legislative houses( House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate), the State is now ready for what he described as the battle of statehood.
Ekpo explained that the battle is the attainment of the Akwa Ibom project, survival and identification of the Akwa Ibom persona; the struggle to attain the State’s rightful place in the affairs of the nation which he said will equip the State to be launched into global limelight.
The PDP boss called on all Akwa Ibom people devoid of political affinity to join hands in the said battle noting that the battle needs collective mights and must be won for the sake of history and posterity.
He added ” The mantle of leadership has been handed back to Governor Udom Emmanuel to complete his full season of two terms and we join him in extending the olive branch to all our friends from other political parties, to join hearts, heads and hands with him to build an Akwa Ibom of our dreams- a state which we can bequeath our succeeding generations as a goodly inheritance without blemish.
“We appeal to members of the opposition to accept the unity call of the Governor and contribute ideas, mobilize physical and spiritual support for the Governor in this his second and last term.”
While noting that the victory of the PDP and her candidates are testimony to the efficacy of the OnlyGod watch word, he called on all elected officials to call to mind the required sacrifice demanded by public office.
Ekpo stressed that there will be no excuse for poor performance, hence all PDP candidates must strive to deliver creditably on their mandate, conscious that their scorecard will affect the future chances of their party .
He added ” As the Chairman of our great party, I will reiterate the fact that the doors of our party are open for all those seeking or desiring to join us afresh, or those returning home after a sojourn in strange political lands.
“We can assure them that there will be no segregation or discrimination, as we are all one in the Akwa ibom project. I hereby direct all ward and chapter chairmen to create receptive environment for those intending to join us.”
The PDP Chairman said in preparation for the court-ordered rerun coming up next year in Essien Udim, the party structure in Essien Udim have been fully energized. He charged candidates to knock on all doors, talk to the electorates, campaign extensively and get ready to win.