Barr. Onofiok Luke.

By Abasifreke Effiong

A cross section of statutory delegates comprising select ward and chapter officers, former elected officers of the People Democratic Party, Akwa Ibom state have endorsed Barr. Onofiok Luke, for governorship in 2023.

This endorsement is coming barely three days after six political groups endorsed Barr. Luke for the governorship race.

Coming under the aegis of Great Supporters of Onofiok Luke, the party men and women numbering more than 250 on Wednesday 23th February, said they have resolved to support Barr. Onofiok Luke, for the governorship in 2023.

Speaking for the group, Mr. Abraham Joshua Udoekong, said they have seen in Barr. Onofiok Luke, the capacity, character, love for the people, ideas and passion to drive economic and social development of the State, and they have decided to come forward and endorse him for the general good of Akwa Ibom people.

Mr. Udoekong said they gave themselves a mandate to scout for and mobilise committed delegates for Onofiok Luke.

“We are taking this bold step for the general good of our State. We started mobilising ourselves for the Onofiok Luke’s governorship project in 2020, today we have mobilised delegates to come here and endorse Onofiok Luke. We believe in him, we will vote for him.”

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Udoekong said they are not perturbed by recent political happenings in the State, insisting that they are resolute in their resolve to support Onofiok Luke at the party primary.

Other members of the group who spoke at the meeting said it was time members of the PDP took their destiny in their hands by voting their conscience and not persons chosen for them.

Addressing the group, the Director of Operations, Amazing Grace campaign organisation, Mr. Victor Brownson, thanked the delegates for coming out to publicly endorse Barr. Onofiok Luke.

“There was a time we were looking for delegates, now delegates have seen the truth, they are now coming for Onofiok Luke.”

Brownson reassured them that Barr. Luke will not betray the confidence reposed on him by the group and Akwa Ibom people.

Receiving the group on behalf of Barr. Luke and the Amazing Grace campaign organisation, Barr. Imo udo, lauded them for endorsing Barr. Luke.

“I thank you for adopting Barr. Onofiok Luke as your sole candidate for the governorship in 2023. Onofiok Luke is one man who is associated with good works and I believe that is why you want him to be governor of Akwa Ibom State. We need a good man on the saddle of governorship and Onofiok Luke has demonstrated in words and actions that he is a good man.”

Barr. Udo urged the group to carry on their mobilisation peacefully.

“As you go on mobilising and campaigning for him, let it be in a peaceful manner. We have one focus and that is to make Onofiok Luke the governor in 2023”, he said.

Meanwhile, another group, Onofiok Luke Support Network led by Mr. Edemekong Edemekong, has endorsed Barr. Onofiok Luke.

The group said, “we have seen the divine oil of anointing on Onofiok Luke’s forehead. Therefore, we have endorsed Onofiok Luke as our sole candidate for governorship.”

Chapter coordinators of the group who spoke at the event Mr. Sylvanus Effiong, Mr. Abia Monday, Mr. Eyo Thompson Udo and Mr. Inyene Usungurua, commended Barr. Luke for keeping faith with Akwa Ibom people who earnestly need him to be their governor in 2023.