by AljazirahNews | November 25, 2021 4:39 pm
BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO
The governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom state, Mr. James Iniama, has charged the electorate, elders and stakeholders to be in the vanguard of engendering seamless electoral system for popular candidates to emerge.
Therefore, ahead of the 2023 general election, Mr. Iniama, has urged the people of the state to move away from sentimental attachment to the choice of leadership and deepen their political participation by ensuring proper scrutiny of all the aspirants in the state.
Speaking to newsmen in Uyo, the state capital on Tuesday, Iniama, specifically charged them to put all the aspirants on the box and subject them to critical examination on the basis of their content and competences.
According to Iniama, a professional Estate Surveyor and Valuer, Akwa Ibom people should not offer themselves to short term benefits and deceits from political aspirants adding that the era of distributing rice, wrappers, motorcycle were gone because such things are not sustainable
“This is the time to look inward and be very deliberate, let us not make the mistakes of Nigeria. Nigerians were sentimental in 2015. We left President Goodluck Jonathan and voted APC’s Muhammadu Buhari. So we have to be careful about our choice of leadership.
We need aspirants who understands what needs to be done, and who is ready to fill the gaps to meet the needs of the people.We need leaders who understand the philosophy of leadership, not just a career person but a business minded political persons”.
Speaking on why he is seeking to occupy the Hilltop Mansion in 2023, Iniama said “I am qualified constitutionally by age, by academy. But more than that, I am conscious of the fact that we are in dire needs of a leader that is willing to offer himself to service of Akwa Ibom state and service to the nation of Nigeria.
“I am conscious that we are going into a time when the economy of our nation will be demanding that we have leaders that can understand the direction of the economy and will be able to steer Akwa Ibom on the path of prosperity.
“I am familiar with Akwa Ibom as a geopolitical entity and familiar with the people. I didn’t just arrived Akwa Ibom, I have been here before the creation of the state. So, I know my people and I know their needs” he said.
The aspirant who lamented the security challenges that characterized the state in past lauded the initiative of incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel in building bridges of unity and love with the recent launch of the national executive leadership of Main Peace Movement.
He called on the people to embrace the peace initiative of the state government for sustainable development of the state.
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