By KUFRE ETUK
Barr. Onofiok Luke, member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and Governorship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has officially begun consultation for his ambition and earned commendation from the Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk for his peaceful disposition.
Luke, whose first port of call was the palace of the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government and Oku Ibom Ibibio, intimated the council of chiefs that having incubated himself in the leadership womb of the state for 15 years, interfered with women, farmers, youths, elders, the church, and knows the challenges of people, he sits pretty as the best man to be the next Akwa Ibom State governor.
The governorship aspirant noted that Akwa Ibom state, over the years, has witnessed infrastructural development hence need to complement such with human capacity development.
“I have what it takes to become the next governor of this state. I have been incubated in the leadership womb of this state for 15 years.
“I have interfaced with women, farmers, youths, elders, the church of which I am a Christian and a passionate believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ. So I know the challenges of everybody.
“I know the cries of students for bursary, youths for jobs. A time has come we must build the people. I am running on a platform of building together, growing together.
“I do this because I want everyone to be beneficiary in the state resources. We have done investment and grow economically. We need to close the gap.
“My manifesto reflects the challenges of the state and solutions. It is a product of Akwa Ibom people within and outside the country.”
Onofiok Luke assured the Oku Ibom Ibibio that he will include the chairman council of chiefs a member of the state security council with a promise to sustain the legacies of previous administrations in the state.
On the aspect of health care services, Barr. Luke said he will build the health capacity of the people by ensuring that Primary Health Centers are functional while school of health technology will be upgraded to college for training of health staff.
Luke noted that the best way to industrialise the state is to grow small businesses through grants and loans, adding that his next line of industrialisation if he becomes governor, will be Agro based through agro value chain.
“We need a governor that is in touch with people. We will continue to run the state to give glory to God. I am the best foot forward for Nsit Ubium. When a man is good we do not need a lot of narratives to describe the person.
“I am asking for opportunity to show Akwa Ibom people leadership. I come in peace because that is what I always stand for. I am not coming to fight.”
In his response, the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium and Chairman Traditional Rulers Council, Akwa Ibom State, His Eminence Ntenyin Solomon Etuk expressed happiness in the manner Barr. Onofiok Luke is going about his campaign and urged his supporters to maintain the tempo.
“Having listened to you and members of your team, I am impressed at your speeches. I am happy to say that you have shown a high level of maturity by comporting and conducting yourselves in a manner deserving my commendation. This is what is expected of public office holders.
“There is no need heating up the polity. Election is a periodic constitutional exercise that should be done without acrimony, malice and violence. Politics is a game of diplomacy, logic, consultations and issues based generally. At the end of the day, the electorate will decide who is the best through an election.
“You are young, dynamic and energetic man, full of zeal and enthusiasm to offer leadership to the people. God has endowed you with these qualities, and I urge you to maximize them wisely.
“Always, let the spirit of God lead your footsteps into taking decisions that will be in the best interest of your Community, Akwa Ibom State and humanity as a whole.
“You are aspiring to occupy a very sensitive elective position in the country, I urge you and members of your team to continue in this manner of polite political communication devoid of hate speeches and hate campaign messages throughout your campaigns.” Nteyim said.
At the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP State secretariat where the lawmaker also consulted his party men, Onofiok Luke who listed his plans for his party , vowed to carry everybody along.
In his words, the State PDP chairman, Mr. Aniekan Akpan described Luke as a committed party man, noting that the consultation underscores the party’s commitment to give everybody a level playing ground.
“We know you as a committed party man and we know you for associating with us in most of our activities.
“You have shown again your commitment in what you will do in the party. With the quality of people in PDP, the party is sure of winning election in 2023.” Aniekan Akpan averred.