The Former National Secretary of the dissolved Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, has joined the Akwa Ibom governorship race.
He declared on Saturday at a grand reception to receive him to the State after his service as the National Secretary of the party’s CECPC at Ibom Hall, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
A large crowd of party faithful that thronged the venue took turns to plead with him to rescue the State by contesting for the governorship.
The former CECPC Secretary accepted and agreed to carry the flag of the party at the 2023 governorship election in the State. He promised to give priority attention to the state urban renewal and development, particularly in Eket local government, alleviate the suffering of pensioners in the State and establish primary industries in Uyo, Eket and Ikot Ekpene.
A one-time Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Akpanudoedehe who was appointed Secretary of the defunct CECPC of the APC on June 25, 2022, was full of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing him to serve as national secretary of the party and other stakeholders who didn’t reject my nomination.
APC National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Victor Giadom, who stood in for the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, challenged party leaders and members in the State to team up and work for the victory of the party at the next general elections.
In the same vein former Secretary to the State Government and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, (OGFZA), Umana Okon Umana, appealed to members to remain focused and avoid distraction from the race to the Government House next year.
Akwa Ibom APC Chairman, Obong Augustine Ekanem, insisted the party was intact under his leadership and ready to take over government from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.