A governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Ide Owodiong Idemeko has called on all the chapter chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who are delegates to vote a leader that is experienced and has the capacity to take the state to a higher level.
Idemeko made the appeal on Weekend during a consultative ceremony of all the chairmen in the 31 local government areas of the state held at Atan Offot, Uyo, the state capital.
The governorship hopeful told the chairmen that their decision as delegates will not only shape the future of the state but the destiny of their children.
According to him, “Your votes at the May 21st PDP primaries will determine the future of this state and that of our children, you must vote a leader with capacity and wealth of experience to move the state forward. The future resides in your hands as delegates, my vision for our great state covers 19 areas as encapsulated in my Governorship blue print, ranging from massive infrastructural development, human capacity development, massive agriculture and food sufficiency, education, healthcare, security, sports development among others.
Ide emphasized that there will be total revamping of the educational sector with massive upgrading of the existing infrastructures, improving of curriculum and enhancement of teachers capacities to add more value to students and pupils.
He highlighted that the healthcare system will not only be upgraded but made functional with provision of primary healthcare system in every ward in the state.
“There will a strong focus in healthcare system and we will use the wards to deliver it. There must be accessible primary healthcare facilities within every five minutes drive in our state”.
Ide owodiong further highlighted, “I have had a broad experience starting from been a lecturer in a university to sitting in various leadership position in ExxonMobil, I have been a student leader and renowned sport administrator with Mobil Pegasus Club.
“I have international contacts; I have lived and worked in Europe and America with my wife.
“I will ensure your relevance continue beyond my election by seeking your opinion and contributions to governance of our dear state.
“Some of you will also be deeply involved in my administration. There must be a serious synergy between my government and the party structure.
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“I have said in many quarters that the local government should not be an appendage of the state government and I insist there should be legislative, judicial autonomy and local government councils inclusive.
“We can successfully practice true democracy when there is separation of powers, checks and balances. It will happen in my time as your Governor.
“There is city development authority concept in my blueprint. I will strategically and tactically push infrastructural development out of Uyo by building nine additional growth centers across the state. There will be development authorities to take care of the nine development centers. In each, there will be a chairman appointed by the governor and nine secretaries appointed from ministry of Housing and urban planning and all the Council chairmen within a federal constituency will be members in addition to professionals from development related fields which will contribute to the overall development of the areas working in synergy with the governor. This will halt the ongoing massive migration from rural to urban areas.
“This plan is novel and it will be happening in my time”.
Ide said he is deeply committed to the sustainable of our hard earned democracy and urged Akwa ibomites known for their republican disposition to close ranks and ensure that through democracy, a new crop of capable leaders will emerge in 2023 to lift the state higher.
Speaking on behalf of the 31 chapter Chairmen the Chairman of Chairmen Hon (Elder) Eddy Etang Nkanga described Ide Owodiong at a committed party man and renowned philanthropist who has touched humanity through his individual efforts.
According to him, “The party appreciates you for donating a standard party office to your ward. You are a real party man and with your antecedents you can do any job given to you better. You also have a good heart. We will give you and all aspirants equal opportunity to express their visions. We must ensure level playing ground for all. We wish you success at the poll and don’t forget us when God lifts you up”.