By Martins Inyangetoh
Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reinterated its resolve to adhere to the led down zoning principle, stressing that the business of returning the party to the people has become very necessary due to the unalloyed commitment of the party to come out victorious in the forthcoming general elections thereby rescuing Nigeria from the abyss of failure and destruction.
Obong Ekpo made the party’s position known on Friday when he led state officers of the party and stakeholders to Ikot Abasi on a tour of the Federal Constituency in order to inaugurate Local Government Area Caucus for Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo respectively likewise present the party register and membership cards for registration by new members and revalidation of old members.
Addressing the party faithfuls at the council hall, Ekpo said, “the business of taking the party back to the people has become very necessary because the party primaries and elections are closer, maintaining that “the only way we can rescue Nigeria is to return the party to the people and there must be synergy at various levels of the party for us to easily achieve this set goal”.
Ekpo acknowledged the hard work of various groups including the women in total solidarity to Governor Udom Emmanuel and his reelection bid but noted that the party will not jettison in its zoning and streamlining position which will give room for power balancing and political inclusion, admonishing that the party faithfuls should ensure the presentation of candidates that will be able to win the general election for PDP.
Recounting the party’s strides from inception, the State PDP Chairman said the tour was apt, timely and aimed at consolidating the party for the forthcoming general elections.
On the recent killing in the middle belt of Nigeria, Obong Ekpo ordered for some minutes of silence in honour of the slain Nigerians by the marauding herdsmen, adding that all Chapters of PDP in the country has hoisted it’s flags at halfmass to mourn their demise.
Before inaugurating the Local Government Area Caucuses, Obong Ekpo tasked the people to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise and also ensure that those that are 18 and above get same, maintaining that “It is your unit result that will promote you and the party”.
Chief Etokafia, Engr Chelly Okoko, Mrs Nnena Franklyn, Hon Frank Uduyok, Hon Otobong Andem, among others in their respective remarks eulogized the party hierarchy for the positive attempt of the party leadership to take the party to the people at the grassroots, pledging their unflinching support for the development.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of party register and membership cards to the three Chapter Chairmen for onward distribution to new members.