…. describe his knowledge of the economy a game-changer
Former and current speakers of state Houses of Assembly controlled by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have eulogised the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and presidential aspirant on the party’s platform for his performance in office as governor.
The party men and women had gathered in Abuja on Monday night to listen to Gov. Emmanuel advance his quest for the party nomination at the party presidential primary coming up later this month.
Having listened to both former two-term governor of Benue state, now Senator Gabriel Suswam, who introduced Gov. Emmanuel and then to the aspirant himself, a cross-section of speakers and former speakers who spoke at the well-attended event said knowledge of the economy was the number one qualification for anyone aspiring to lead Nigeria in 2023.
They also described the turn-around that Akwa Ibom State had witnessed under Emmanuel within a short as evidence of his ability and capacity to also turn Nigeria around if given the opportunity.
Suswam had earlier said: “Fix the economy and everything else will fall in place.
“We have not as a country had the good fortunes of having as a leader someone with a sound and deep knowledge of the economy like Udom Emmanuel has.
“That is why there is no longer a middle class in the country today. It is either you are rich or you are poor and we have been described as the poverty capital of the world.
“We have had leaders that have been bamboozled over the economy
“More than ever before, we now need a president with a difference who can take this country to a positive level.
“Unlike them, we are not moving this country from top to bottom but we shall be moving it from bottom where they have dropped it to the top, which is the expectation of Nigerians.
“Nigeria needs a president who is creative and we must move away from premodial sentiments because it has not helped us.
“We must now choose a leader with capacity and capability to deliver the goods. We must choose a leader with requisite training in financial matters and whose track records speak eloquently for him”
Responding, Udom pointed at his training with the leading accounting firm, Pricewaterhouse, and his achievements in the public sector.
He said while the nation’s economy was contracting and shrinking, that of his state was expanding through his ingenuity of creating money in a cash strapped economy.
He said while industries were relocating from Nigeria, Akwa Ibom had attracted not less that 22 new industries through creativity of ideas and innovations that have catapulted the state into the second best Foreign Direct Investment destination, coming only after Lagos.
While Nigeria is a net importer of foreign goods, Akwa Ibom now is an exporter of quality products, like made in Nigeria syringes, to overseas countries.
“We are even struggling to meet up with demands”, he added.
He also said, to thunderous applaus, that while Nigeria as a country has been unable to manage an airline, Akwa Ibom’s Ibom Air is one of the best managed airline in the country today.
Reeling out series of his other achievements as governor, he said if he could do all of these at the sub-national level where he did not control policies and where frustrations abound, he would do more as president of the country.
He therefore enjoined the speakers and former speakers to take the message to their colleagues that help is on the way and all hope is not lost.
“We are coming to rescue and restore the lost glory of this country”, he added.
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