The South South Governorship screening panel has on Friday cleared a frontline governorship aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa ibom State, Obong Ide Owodiong-Idemeko for the 2023 elections in the state.
The chairman of the panel, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State during the exercise held at Port Harcourt, Rivers State said he had no issues clearing Idemeko in view of the authentic documents presented to the panel.
However, the Idemeko who addressed journalists shortly after the event promised a better deal for Akwa Ibom people and urged them to be ready to usher in a new dawn with his election as Governor in 2023.
He opined that after scaling the hurdle that he is ever prepared for the coming primaries knowing fully well that majority of the people have seen the need to turn around the fortunes of the state with him on the saddle as their servant leader.
Ide highlighted that Akwa Ibom State is richly blessed with abundant human and material resources stressing that his job will be to harness, galvanize and transparently utilize them for the benefit of all and sundry.
Ide also said that a state like Akwa ibom has no business with poverty taking cognizance of its numerous potentials and assured on his determination to run a very transparent and accountable administration.
According to him, “I have joined this race with the strong political will to bring positive changes, I have come to alter the status quo dragging us back, I have come to ensure genuine and quality development using the people’s funds in the most open and transparent manner.
“When I tell you about autonomy for our state legislature, judiciary and local government councils, I expect you to hold me accountable for that once you elect me as your governor. I so much believe in democracy and will do everything within my power to promote the tenets of democracy. This coming election is crucial for the survival of Akwa ibom and her people and the best candidate must be voted without any other consideration outside merit, content and capacity”.
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Ide highlighted that he has acquired extensive knowledge from credible institutions with several leadership training across high profile institutions in the world in addition to working for over three decades in an International oil conglomerate with notable best international practices.
He appealed to the delegates for the forthcoming governorship primaries to think the future of their only state and their beautiful families especially their children before casting the ballot as he meant well for Akwa ibom State.
“I am one politician who live with my people and who love interacting with all class of people, I know the situation of things and the many challenges confronting them, I will tackle this problem from its roots, I will address the problem of poverty by creating real job opportunities right there in rural areas, I will see to the emergence of nine additional cities from every federal constituency and public health facilities will be cited in every fifteen minutes’ drive within our dear state”.
Ide also assured on high standard education for Akwa ibom children, massive agriculture and food sufficiency and skill acquisition for youths women and the physical challenged, better treatment for pensioners stressing that he will also change the narratives in sports development in the state.