-By Unwana Assam
Party delegates are the respected members of a political party, such as the PDP, who are required to vote for any cleared aspirant running for governor.
Some believe that in new elections, such as the one scheduled for 2023, the governor, as the ceremonial leader and funder of the party at the state level, has the final decision. This viewpoint is a little off the mark, as anyone familiar with party politics will tell you that the delegates have the ultimate mandate and decision to elect the flag bearer who, in most situations, will win the election.
It is apparent that the statutory delegates of the PDP, which is the ruling party in Akwa Ibom State, will elect someone on behalf of the people of Akwa Ibom State during party primaries, who will thereafter, by the special grace of God, move the state ahead from 2023.
There have been instances in the past where delegates would elect a candidate for the people but then return to wallow in sorrow and complaints. This is because delegates are often persuaded to vote for a candidate who is not their first choice, popular or peoples oriented. Some delegates have voted to fulfill the oath which they had taken.
Another opportunity for the delegates to exercise their political mandate is rapidly approaching, and the people of Akwa Ibom are eagerly awaiting them to use their conscience, good judgment, and experience. There will be no non-indigenous delegates among the nearly four thousand delegates who will vote in the governorship primary. Nobody will argue that because he hasn’t lived in Akwa Ibom for the past ten years as such, he doesn’t know the type of person the people of Akwa Ibom want in 2023.
Akwa Ibom is our only state, and it belongs to all of us. No doubt, money, antics, and might will play a role, but it will never be out of place for you to use your conscience and provide Akwa Ibom people with a deserving aspirant who will not be tired or hesitant to attend to the direct needs of the Akwa Ibom People.
No amount of money given to delegates can compare to having a governor who will give the people of Akwa Ibom exactly what they deserve. A Governor who has walked the streets of Akwa Ibom with the people and understands what it means to be a street person. Delegate money will finish but a good governor lives lasting footprints for the people and generation yet unborn.
May no aspirant be elected based on unrealistic favours, only to return to wallow in regrets and pains for the next eight years. Akwa Ibom is our state; let us defend it beyond 2023.
Comrade Unwana Assam is a good governance advocate, activist, media professional and writes from Urua Okok in Esit Eket LGA.