By Etok Okon
The flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Obong Engr. Christopher Ekpenyong, has promised that he will use his connections and rapport with the Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to attract industries to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, to alleviate unemployment and poverty in the State and the senatorial district in particular, if elected to the Senator in 2019.
Obong Chris Ekpenyong, who was the Deputy Governor for more than six years in the State during the administration of the former Governor Victor Attah, made the promise in Ikot Ekpene, yesterday, while speaking with our reporter shortly after his adoption and endorsement for the Senate position in 2019, by the Forum of Family Heads in the area. He maintained that establishment of industries to mob up unemployed youths on streets and to give the youths gainful employment is the only panacea to unemployment crisis, poverty, youth restiveness and other inglorious activities that some youths in the State are compelled to indulge in.
The former Deputy Governor and 2019 Senate hopeful , however, used the medium to urge parents and guidance in the State and Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in particular to admonish their wards to resist being used as militants by evil-minded politicians to perpetuate violence, rigging and other election malpractices during the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the State. He noted that the Federal Government and INEC preach one-man-one vote and a hitch-free election atmosphere in 2019 and urged every citizen of the State and security operatives to subscribe to this democratic electoral process, in the interest of peace, stability and advancement of Akwa Ibom State.
While drumming support for his election as the Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in 2019, reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel for second term and the Ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the President of Nigeria, said that all the facilities and infrastructure that are being enjoyed in the country and the State today were created by PDP led government and argued that PDP is the only political party that has focus on human, infrastructural and economic development. He particularly commended the State Government led by the PDP for security it has restored in crises-ridden parts of the State saying that the peaceful condition in the State would drive in investors for economic development and growth in the State.