By: AGABI, David.
The newly elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State,Elder Aniekan Akpan has vowed to entrench his Party at all levels in Akwa Ibom State even as political activities are beginning to gather momentum ahead of 2023.
Elder Akpan stated this in a chat with Journalists in his house in Uyo,the Akwa Ibom State capital on Friday.
According to the Party chieftain “PDP is the largest party in Africa and as well the only party that believes in the true tenets of democracy in the country”.
Nigerians are aware of this ” So, what we’re doing now is to reconcile some of our brothers that left the fold as a result of one thing or the other”
The Chairman maintained that his immediate and long term agenda is to bring stability to bear in the party and also give every member a level playing field in other to actualise their desires and goal.
“The tax ahead is enormous,but not insurmountable, much is expected considering the fact that 2023 though still two years from now but activities of members of the party at different levels are already making some activities in the party. Thus, we need to stabilize the party to make sure that everybody is giving a level playing field and to bring stability in the party and ensure that the party continue to win elections”
Ask if the leadership of the party in Akwa Ibom State will yield to the pressure of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in terms of defection, the Chairman say its impossible ” God forbid,its cannot happen here, it will not come to pass, not in Akwa Ibom. The leadership here is very stable and firm”
On the area of thirty five percent (35%) affirmative action, the former lawmaker said “in Akwa Ibom we’ve done more than that at all levels of the party,every ward have six females, every chapter six females up to the State level. In an area of appointment, Akwa Ibom has much women in government than every other past government” he stressed.
Speaking on the leadership qualities of the State Governor,Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the two term State House of Assembly Member said “Udom is a very passionate leader who have the interest of all the Akwa Ibomite at heart and is bent on the development and enhancement of the living condition of the people.
” What he has done so far is a clear testimony that he means well for Akwa Ibom State, you want to talk about projects,industries, road infrastructure, health, name them, I think he came prepare for governance, that’s why you see what you’re seeing in Akwa Ibom besides the relative peace we are witnessing”
Elder Akpan averred that the people of Nigeria having experimented the APC from 2015 till date can now decide on which way to go, noting that the PDP government left the dollar exchange rate at one hundred and sixty five (#165) to five hundred and twenty naira (#520) to a dollar.
” So is left for the people to decide, so PDP is coming back,they’re now yearning as if 2023 should just be tomorrow”
The Chairman therefore urged Nigerians to be steadfast and still believe in the Nigerian project hence calling on the Federal Government to make sure that peace is reign in the country.