Governor Godswiill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has said Nigeria holds great hope for Africa and called for unity among the people despite their political and religious differences.
Akpabio made the observation after the ground-breaking ceremony of the state’s permanent headquarters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Atan Offot in Uyo performed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
The governor observed that any problem in Nigeria could lead to a serious spill-over effect of population explosion in neighboring countries, condemning Nigerians, who blame the upsurge of terrorism on President Goodluck Jonathan instead of supporting him.
He pointed out that PDP stood for extra-ordinary transformation, describing it as a northern star because unlike other political parties that had changed their names many times, the party has retained its name.
The governor lauded the village head of Atan Offot and pledged to construct the road linking the village with the secretariat during the next dry season.
The National Chairman, Alhaji Mu’azu praised the transformation drive of Governor Akpabio, saying that he had made the party proud in the development history of the country.
Mu’azu commended the governor for embarking on the construction of the party’s secretariat, and urged Akwa Ibom people to pray for and support President Jonathan in his transformation drive.
The State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo noted “To further strengthen the workings of the party as well as lay the requisite foundation for sound financial health, we inaugurated the Finance Committee to raise the required funds for the running of the party and a Building Committee to undertake the building of a befitting party secretariat”.
He announced that all state officers including the state secretary, deputy chairman and state chairman ride new jeeps and funds were released for the rent renewal, furniture and branding of the 329 ward offices and 31 chapter offices in the state while 34 new buses would be commissioned for the upcoming campaigns.