- Governor Udom Emmanuel says the PDP is a model of party politics in Nigeria
- The governor made the remark after the conduct of the Akwa Ibom state PDP party congress
- The governor also commended the seamless transition of PDP leadership in the state
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that his the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is a model to be emulated by all others across Nigeria.
The governor made the remark while commending the peaceful organization and transparency in the conduct of the state party congress and the seamless transition of leadership on Thursday, July 30.
His words: “PDP in Akwa Ibom state is a model of the PDP and party politics in Nigeria.
“Officials of INEC are here with other observers, let them tell me which state they have gone to whose party congress will be as organized, orderly, peaceful, transparent and cohesive as what you’ve seen today in Akwa Ibom.
"This is a model of democracy in Nigeria. This is a model of party politics in Nigeria.”
While congratulating the incoming executives of the party, the governor harped on dedication and loyalty, charging them to prove themselves faithful as those entrusted to anchor the affairs of the party for the next four years.
He thanked the outgoing chairman of the party in the state, Obong Paul Ekpo and members of his executive committee, for leading the party to victory in two consecutive elections describing him as a gift to the PDP in Akwa Ibom state.
He challenged the incoming executives to learn from the Paul Ekpo-led committee and ensure that the party handed over to them remains intact and only gets better in four years.
At the state congress, participants witnessed the emergence of a 39-man executive committee, with Obong Udo Ekpenyong, former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, as chairman.
Declaring the outcome of the congress on behalf of the National Working Committee of the PDP, the chairman of the five-man congress committee, Mr Eric Nwakama, praised the party leadership and faithful in the state for the peaceful conduct of the congress.
Nwakama said 39 candidates were screened and cleared to stand the election, with 3845 delegates duly accredited to do the voting. He declared Hon. Udo Ekpenyong, having scores 3840, with 5 votes voided chairman-elect, with 38 other unopposed candidates returned elected into various offices of the party in Akwa Ibom state.
The Akwa Ibom state PDP chairman-elect, Honourable Udo Ekpenyong, in his acceptance speech, thanked the leader of the party in the state, his predecessor, party faithful in the state and the delegation from the party’s National Working Committee for the confidence reposed in him and ensuring a hitch-free process for his emergence.
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Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has revealed that the Akwa Ibom state government has so far invested over N3billion in ensuring citizens survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Emmanuel revealed this while addressing Akwa Ibom residents in a citizens’ feedback programme, streamed on both electronic and social media platforms on Saturday, July 25.
According to him, in order to ensure that Akwa Ibomites can access the best health care, three more containers filled with medicals equipment and supplies have been acquired and delivered to the state.