One of the leading contenders for the governorship seat in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Akan Udofia, has assured his teeming supporters of his plan to change the economic fortunes of the state, once given the opportunity.
Udofia told some critical PDP stakeholders from all the senatorial districts of the state that he recently signed partnership documents with some foreign companies in Dubai to established their factories soon in Akwa Ibom state.
The gathering had past national and state legislators led by some ex-speakers; former council chairmen and other functionaries; ward leaders; senior politicians, former aides to governors, women mobilizers, among others.
The international business mogul who brought them a message of hope, said if he could grow his father’s company, Desicon Engineering, from a 15-member concern to a global brand with 4,700 staff, he can also grow the economy of the state.
While stating that his focus will be on improving and strengthening the economy, Udofia stressed that he was out to contest to the very end, insisting that nobody can buy him out.
According to him, once the citizens have been rightly empowered, the society can take its rightful position as even insecurity will reduce to the minimum. He pledged to carry everyone along in his government, should he be given the chance.
Udofia commended Gov Udom Emmanuel on the strides taken so
far but promised to do the entire Akwa Ibom proud by improving on the governor’s foundation and initiating more laudable schemes.
Speakers at the event were blunt but assured Udofia of their support, in the confidence that by the recent legislative proposal of direct primaries, all of them may soon be delegates.
They were full of appreciation to the Senate, stating that the move towards returning powers to the people will seriously check imposition of mediocre on the polity.
Many of them praised Udofia for his hitherto quiet efforts at assisting subsequent governments in the state, championing various social services, including free medical outreaches, building of schools and hostels, churches and dishing out startups to some small business owners.