A’Ibom APC State Congress: Amadu Attai declares for second term
…gets rousing support from party men
Joseph Atainyang, Uyo
Ahead of the State Congress of the All progressives Congress, APC coming up on Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Akwa Ibom State Chairman, Dr Amadu Attai has declared his intention to recontest his seat for a second term.
Attai made the declaration, while addressing partymen Thursday during a consultative meeting at the Relief Plaza in Uyo, saying he was there to present himself and members of the state executive for a second term in office, as was recently decided by the state party caucus, so they can work hard to move together to the government house in 2019.
He promised to work assiduously against ethnicity and hatred, promote internal democracy to sustain inclusiveness in the party as well as revisit the reward system so that people who have laboured can be rewarded.
His words, “I stand before you this day, to formally announce my desire and interest to recontest the Chairmanship seat of APC, at the Akwa Ibom State Congress of the party scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
“You are no doubt aware of the transformation in the history of political parties in Nigeria that metamorphosed to the emergence of the All Progressives Congress, APC in 2013, an opposition party that vanquished the then ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the 2015 general elections with overwhelming support from Nigerians across the country.
“In 2014, providence and the political dynamics at the time threw me up as the preferred and and acceptable chairmanship candidate of the party, a position I have occupied till date. In that position, I superintended over and contained the influx of PDP decampees (vexed by impunity in the party) who jumped seat and sought the platform of APC in pursuit of their political aspirations.
” As the state chairman, I will continue to promote and encourage politics of inclusiveness and internal democracy within the party. I will revisit the reward system of the party and ensure that all those who have served the party conscientiously are appropriately rewarded “.
Addressing the gathering earlier, Chairman on the occasion, Hon. Engr Efiok Akpan said it was time to fill in candidates for the different executive positions and that people at the gathering should sit tight and follow how the event will unfold.
In his response, Rt Hon Emmanuel Ekpenyong, former member, Uyo Federal Constituency, stated that Attai and his team had worked assiduously to uplift the status quo of the party and that many reasons abound why he should be supported to carry on with the good works. Ekpeyong, who said Akwa Ibom State APC cannot afford to miss Amadu Attai and his workerholic team, said Uyo people are up and waiting for the election date, so they can do the needful by electing him for the seat.
Former Chairperson, Uyo Local Government Area, Mrs. Stella Effiom noted that Dr Attai who is a very simple man and has remained very assessable, has the charisma and pedigree and deserves the support of all the women in the party so they can drive the party to its permanent site.
For Eket Senatorial District, Hon. Mrs Mabel Udonwo said Amadu Attai is God fearing, honest, humble and is a team player and that Eket Mkpat Enin, Eastern Obolo and Oron Federal Constituency are intact to cast their votes for him to continue. They added “the journey which is starting today would end in 2019 when the government of Akwa Ibom State would be overthrown by the progressives”.
Obongifiok Dr. Anny Asikpo from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District praised the ingenuity of the party’s state chairman who has denied himself of the juicy ‘betrayal appeals’ just to keep his integrity and the face of the party. He said, “We were opposition before now but in 2019, we are playing positions no more opposition. We are the winning team and we would play the winning team. Therefore, all unit, wards, chapter and state executives should carry on with their good works. God bless Akwa Ibom State, God bless APC and God bless Nigeria”.
Dr Nduehe Esitikot said he is in charge of the Ikot Abasi and that APC would produce Akwa Ibom State Governor in 2019. He appealed to those who loved Amadu Attai and Dr Nsima Ekere to come out enmass to vote Dr Amadu Attai and his executive members for a second term so they can, together, move to the government house in 2019.
Dr. Abasiubong Udofia said Attai’s leadership prowess has been widely commended, even at the national level and so the team needs an encouragement to continue to provide the needed leadership template to drive the party forward.
Meanwhile, the 31 chapter chairmen of APC, led by the chapter chairman of Nsit Ibom, Hon. Nkereuwem Okpok endorsed Amadu Attai and offered to purchase his chairmanship form for him. State Vice Chairman, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Obong Kufre Inyangette said Annang, Ibibio, Oron are all desirous to support the executive to move the train forward for the next four years.
Other notable personalities who attended the meeting included Rt. Hon. Alex Nyong, Dr Hon. Dan Akpan, Dr. Mrs Roslyn Harry, Rt. Hon. Dr/Mrs Enobong Ufot, Rt. Hon Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hon. Mrs Stella Efiom, Hon. Joy Ubong Abasi, among others.
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