A SPEECH DELIVERED BY MOSES ESSIEN, PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, BEING PART OF ACTIVITIES TO MARK HIS FORMAL DECLARATION FOR GOVERNORSHIP OF AKWA IBOM STATE, TODAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2006.
I have the singular honour and privilege to
most warmly welcome all of you, gentlemen of the press, to this
all-important press conference. I have chosen to consult you gentlemen
of the press, as a mark of respect to your enviable endowments
and prowess. It is these endowments and prowess, which you individually
carry and command, that has made you continue to occupy an indispensable
position in the building of our Society.
Worthy of note are your immense contributions in the area of moulding public opinion, shaping public policy direction and setting the agenda on how best to move a state or nation forward. Gentlemen, you will agree with me that any profession that is able to achieve all these, as you have done, must be an enviable one.
Today gentlemen, I have invited all of you here to inform you of my intention to formally and publicly declare for the office of the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State come 2007, on Wednesday November 15, 2006. The declaration shall be first to the party (the People’s Democratic Party) at the State Secretariat, 139 Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, and then to the entire people of Akwa Ibom State, at the Amphi-theatre Ibom Plaza, Uyo.
It is on the strength of this all-important public event that I formally invite all of you members of the press, to collectively attend and play the leading role which you are known for. Also invited to this great event is His Excellency, Arc. Obong Victor Attah and the entire state executive council. Others are, the Political Class, Royal Fathers, Religious Leaders, The Business Community, Women and Youth Organizations, All Akwa Ibom People within and outside the State, friends, in-laws and well-wishers of Akwa Ibom State.
As State and national agenda Programmers, opinion moulders, and public policy influencers, which you all are, I humbly implore you to help the people of Akwa Ibom State in their quest for a credible and God fearing Governor come 2007. You have the moral, social and public responsibility to do this for us.
Gentlemen, I make bold to say here that if leadership is to draw from experience, antecedence, track record of past performances, vision, mission, strength of character, accountability, courage, industry, ability, humility and the fear of God, Akwa Ibom People, both young and old know that Moses Essien has more than all these to successfully lead the people of Akwa Ibom State to the land of fulfillment.
I call on you gentlemen of the press to examine me in the context of all these virtues and judge for yourselves if by 29th May 2007, I will not be the only man standing to be sworn in as the next Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
My plans and programmes of action are clearly spelt out in my Policy and Development Blueprint for Akwa Ibom State which shall be made public on the day of official declaration – Wednesday, November 15, 2006.
May I say here that as God sent Moses in the days of old to deliver the children of Israel, so also has HE sent me this day to bring transformation to the people and land of Akwa Ibom State.
I thank you all for this great opportunity as I look forward to receiving you on the 15th November 2006.
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Governorship Aspirant FOR AKWA IBOM STATE
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|• Expression of interest for All Akwa Ibomites.|
|• Courtesy call on Ahta of Oro / Oro Council of Chiefs.|
|• Fundraising by Akwa Ibomites in Los Angeles.|
|• Declaration for Governorship.|