January 24, (THEWILL) – First lady of Akwa Ibom state, Dr (Mrs) Martha Udom Emmanuel, has called on women from the nine Local Government Areas of Uyo Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom North-East), where the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Pastor Umo Eno, hails from, to form a common front to ensure her husband Udom Emmanuel’s succession plans.
The wife of the governor made the call, during the Thanksgiving Service and endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno/Akon Eyakenyi gubernatorial ticket, as well as other candidates of the PDP, organised by the Uyo Senatorial District Women Forum (USDWF) at Ibom Hall Ground on Tuesday.
Martha Emmanuel, who was the special guest of honour at the event assured that only the Eno and his running mate, Senator Akon Eyakenyi’s ticket remains the sure banker to sustain the legacies of development of the outgoing administration in the state.
She, however, commended the women for trooping out to endorse the PDP ticket, maintaining that it is only the party’s ticket that would guarantee good governance in the state.
She changed those yet to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), to do so as soon as possible noting that the only power at the pools is the PVC.
“Ensure you have the card that will guarantee you to vote for all the PDP candidates during the elections. Without PVC you cannot vote so your support would be in vain”, she admonished.
In her speech, the president of the forum and a former two-term member of the state House of Assembly for Itu state Constituency, Dr Ekaette Ebong Okon, said he endorsement became necessary as women across the state have no other choice than the PDP in view of “the good governance legacies and gender inclusive policies and programmes to address the socio-economic challenges confronting the womenfolk.”
She promised that the women would queue behind Mrs Emmanuel to ensure victory for the PDP candidates based on her interventions to address the health, housing, hunger and other challenges confronting the widows, girl-children, the aged, the poor and the orphans in the society.
The political leader of Uyo Senatorial District, Senator Effiong Bob; the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, who is gunning for Senate for Uyo Senatorial District and his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey, and others underscored the importance of not yielding the state to opposition in order to sustain the prevailing peace, unity and ethnic harmony in the state.
High point of the event was the presentation of certificates of endorsement to all the candidates of ruling party in Uyo Senatorial District for the 2023 general elections including the flag bearers Pastor Umo Eno and running mate, Senator Akon Eyakenyi.