UYO—The campaign of the gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere, has received a major boost with the donation of a state-of-the-art three-storey campaign office in Eket Local Government Area of the state by a business mogul and political financier, Otuekong Emmanuel Assam (Emmaco).
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Commissioning the office located on Eket – Oron Road, Ekere thanked the donor for his sacrifice towards the victory of the APC in the forthcoming general election.
He pointed out that the office, the second such donation in Eket after the first one by a former APC governorship aspirant, Mr Bassey Dan-Abia, would serve as a veritable place to strategize for the success of the party in the council.
Lamenting the present level of poverty and hunger in the state, Ekere vowed to vigorously pursue the banishment of poverty, if elected governor.
The donor, Assam, explained that he was driven by passion, determination and love for the Ekere project, expressing the belief that the incoming Ekere government would bring development and progress to Eket.
The Chairman of the APC Campaign Council, Group Captain Ewang Sam Ewang (retd.), described the huge turnout as a wonder and a demonstration of the love of Eket people for the APC.
A former representative of Akwa Ibom South senatorial district, Senator Eme Ekaette, noted that Ekere had garnered the requisite experience to turn things around for good in the state as governor.
A former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Bassey Essien, lamented that Eket was full of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, because of the destruction of the popular Urua Nka market without a replacement by the state government.
A former representative of Eket/Esit Eket/Ibeno/ONNA Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Eseme Eyiboh, criticised the failure of the state government to complete its projects in Eket, arguing that it had left the infrastructure in the area in poor state.
A former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Emem Wills, predicted a 75 per cent win for the APC in Eket and dismissed insinuations that the APC was weak in Eket.
The APC House of Representatives’ candidate for Eket/Esit Eket/Ibeno/ONNA Federal Constituency, Mr. Kufre Akpabio, described Ekere as a tested and trusted politician who has thrived in both the private and public sectors.
The APC House of Assembly candidate for Eket State Constituency, Mr. Charles Ebongho, said that the APC had fully taken over Eket politically with the majority of youths and women of the area supporting the party.