Youths of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District today (March 19, 2022) presented the money for the purchase of the governorship form to Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (OBA).
Presenting a N21 million cheque to the leading aspirant at a reception rally in Ikot Ekpene, Sir Emem Akpabio, on behalf of the youths, expressed the confidence that OBA remains the best option to actualise the new vision for the Akwa Ibom.
Sir Emem Akpabio, the chairman on the occasion, corroborating, said Senator Albert did not go to the Senate to represent Uyo Senatorial district alone but the entire Akwa Ibom.
He recalled that when OBA was the chairman of Inter-ministerial Direct Labour project under Gov Godswill Akpabio, Ikot Ekpene people felt the positive impact.
According to him, not many aspirants could walk through the Ikot Ekpene Plaza with the people the way OBA did, adding that the youths were in his support because they believe he will be a good governor.
Akpabio decried the double standard by those arguing that there is no micro-zoning, when it comes to governorship, but in Ikot Ekpene senatorial contest, Abak struggle to produce the next senator, in complete disregard to the zone favoured by zoning.
He said “the man who does not know you today will not know you tomorrow”, arguing that OBA will always remember them because he knew them long ago.
Setting the tone, Mr Uduak Isobara, the chairman of the planning committee, said OBA knows most people by name, understands their problems and has the solutions to them.
While addressing the youths, OBA charged them to take their destinies in their hands by making the right decisions in choosing him.
He described his aspiration as a movement to emancipate the youths from poverty, hardship and unemployment.
In experience, capacity and competence, he assured that towers above all the other aspirants, submitting that having done it as a commissioner and senator, he will do more as a governor.
He said from Oruk Anam to Ukanafun and other areas rich in oil palm, his government will turn the area into a massive production belt, in the mould of Malaysia.
Similarly, Ikot Ekpene and other areas rich in raffia, he promised to revive the raffia city market, establish loan-free business clusters and set up an international market to boost the economy of the state.
Ini, Ikono and the environs blessed with mashy landmass, according to OBA, will become a rice belt, adding, “I must force prosperity on you!”
To further appreciate youths, he promised to return bursary to students in tertiary institutions, while a digital bank will be set up to collate the demographics of the unemployed.
Additionally, he promised to ensure even flow of interest-free loans to the market women.