The state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has charged party faithful and stakeholders to ensure they turn out en masse for the scheduled campaign of the party aimed at preparing the party for landslide victory in the October 31 LG elections.
Addressing stakeholders and members of the local organising committees (LOCs) of the various local government chapters at the state party secretariat in Uyo, Monday, October 12, the state party chairman, Obong Udo Ekpenyong, announced that the campaign is billed to hold on federal constituency basis, commencing on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo.
Obong Ekpenyong also announced that due to present situation of things and logistics concerns, the traditional campaign flag-off rally will not be held. He explained that the 10-day long event shall engage and mobilise grassroots members and supporters for the upcoming October 31election. He charged the local organising committees to play their roles in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exercise.
While expressing optimism in the party’s strength and growth, the chairman encouraged party faithful to work for the development of the party beyond elections. He noted that the strength of the party is hinged on the development at the ward structures.
He also advised that players in the polity should not heat up the system too early in the build-up to 2023.
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Also present at the meeting were the deputy speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Princess) Felicia Bassey; the immediate-past state chairman of PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo;the national legal adviser, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem; serving local government chairmen and other key stakeholders of the party.
Recall that the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) in its schedule for the local government poll announced the expiration of campaigns by political parties on October 29.