Saturday, May 5, 2018

Group beg Ekere to contest Akwa Ibom governorship

More groups and individuals have continued to urge the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Nsima Ekere to contest for the Akwa Ibom state governorship in 2019.

The latest is from a group, One for Good Governance which was inaugurated on Tuesday at Amazing Grace E-Centre, Uyo.

Founder and international president of the group, Dr. Ndem Ndem said that the call became necessary considering what he described as clueless leadership in the state.

Ndem, a United States-based medical doctor bemoaned the under-development in the state, blaming same on the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s refusal to channel huge resources accruing to the state adequately.

He said “It baffles me and any right-thinking and development conscious Akwa Ibom citizen that this state could be this underdeveloped in spite of huge resources accruing to the state on monthly basis.

“Let me use this medium to inform Akwa Ibom people who may not have known that this state receives the highest monthly allocation from the federal government. It is therefore worrisome that the governor has refused to channel adequately the state’s huge resources towards her development probably because he lacks the knowledge on how to do it.

“So this is why we, ONE for Good Governance, OGG, have come today to unanimously urge the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, His Excellency, Obong Nsima Ekere to resign his current position and contest the forthcoming 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State. Our call becomes necessary because we have seen him to be the person with requisite capacity to govern the state and deliver the needed development”.

On his part, the National/State Coordinator, OGG, Hon. Udeme Esset, noted that the group has decided to follow the footsteps of good governance.

Hon. Esset, who stated this in his acceptance speech immediately after his inauguration, maintained that after taking time to assess, study and scrutinize, they had seen good virtues in Obong Nsima Ekere (ONE), hence their resolve to urge him to join the state’s governorship race in 2019.

The address reads thus in parts “Today marks a very significant day because we have formally put ourselves forward for service to our Mother land. Governance is a dynamic process that has to do with constant change. We, as a group have decided to follow the footsteps of good governance. To enthrone a system that will encourage what we stand for, and having taken time to assess, study and scrutinize, we have seen good virtues of good governance in ‘ONE’ man…” the OGG state helmsman said.

He continued: “Today, we stand as a people to affirm our commitment and strong faith in making sure that come 2019, our ‘ONE’ will take over the helms of affairs of this our great state. By the grace of God, in ONE spirit, we will succeed and overcome”.

Also speaking at the occasion a onetime governorship candidate in the state, Arc (Obong) Ekong Etuk, commended the group for canvassing for good governance. Arc. Etuk who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) Political leader in Etinan Local Government Area, gave kudos to his party for providing platforms for Akwa Ibom indigenes to exhibit their sterling qualities in different capacities.

He praised the MD of NDDC, Obong Nsima Ekere for his sterling performance at the commission, noting that his land mark achievements have placed Akwa Ibom State on the podium of reckoning.

Others who spoke glowingly of the group and Obong Nsima Ekere included the Chancellor of OGG, Mr. Edobot Ekere, State Vice Chairman of APC, Akwa Ibom South-west, Elder Emmanuel Oton and a host of other dignitaries.

High point of the occasion was the inauguration of the State Executive Council of the group comprising State Exco, Three Senatorial District Coordinators, Ten Federal Constituency Coordinators, thirty-one Chapter Coordinators as well as Women and Youth Leaders from the thirty-one local government areas of the state.




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