Akwa Ibom state governor pastor Umo Eno said he will pacify aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) back to the fold and convene reconciliation meetings across 329 wards in the state to restrengthen the party and bring back defected members during the last general election.
Addressing state Exco and members of PDP at the party Secretariat, Atan Offot during a thank you visit in Uyo on Thursday, Umo said the ward meeting billed to hold on August 26, 2023, will focus on a fresh reintegration drive within the ranks of PDP in all the wards.
Umo Eno appreciated party members and supporters for trusting him during the election especially the commitment and resilience of party faithfuls alongside other Akwa Ibom people which resulted in his victory at the poll.
“We have come here to say thank you to PDP in Akwa Ibom State. We thank the PDP family from each ward and Local Government Area in the state. Thank you for going round with us, thank you for talking to people for us. It was our election and we won together.”
“I won’t fail to extend my very warm appreciation to my predecessor for everything he did to make sure that our party succeeds at the polls. We thank all Akwa Ibomites across party lines who stood by us and for the privilege given us to serve”
Umo observed that the ward remains the strongest level of the party that must be firmly entrenched by intentional actions of stakeholders and leaders and charged them to maintain constant engagement with party faithfuls.
He pointed out that the best way to show appreciation to the party and Akwa Ibom people, in general, is to evolve people-centric policies, programmes and projects that will meet the needs and aspirations of the citizens and move the state to greater heights.
“We will do the best we can to show that we are grateful. We will show how grateful we are through our policies and programmes.
“We will show to the people that beyond words, we are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve. We will continue to do everything to ensure that Akwa Ibom moves forward.”
The state Chairman of PDP, Rt Hon (Elder) Aniekan Akpan, who conveyed the message of the party, thanked the Governor for starting well and making the party proud in his style of governance since his commencement of duty as Chief Executive of the state.
Akpan assured Umo that the party is solidly behind him and will not relent to support him to succeed.
“As a party, we appreciate you for making us proud in your style of governance. You have been flagging off projects and I know it’s going to be projects all through.”
“For what you have done, we will continue to support you. We will go in the way you lead the State and truly, that way is forward”, he said.
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