United Party of Nigeria declares support for APC
Unity Party of Nigeria UPN, has declared support for the All Progressives Congress APC, ahead of the December 2 local government election in Akwa Ibom State.
State Chairman of UPN, Engr. Samuel Edung said the party will work for the APC in the forthcoming election.
Edung gave the solidarity message at Ikot Edibon when state leader of the APC, Mr. Umana Okon Umana led State executive of the APC to flag-off local government campaigns in Nsit Ubium.
At the event, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority said Nsit Ubium local government area would be better off with an APC administration at the council, charged members and supporters of the party to go out enmasse and vote for the APC on December 2.
Umana told the rally to ignore threats that votes of APC will not count, said that such propaganda aimed to discourage members of the party from turning out for the election.
“If AKISIEC has not been counting votes of the opposition party, we will ensure that they count your votes on December 2. So I encourage all of you to go out and vote for the APC”.
Umana, the 2015 governorship candidate of the APC said the APC is well positioned to take over power in Akwa Ibom State in 2019, and encouraged members of the party to be steadfast and resilient.
State chairman of the APC, Dr. Amadu Atai received 30 decampees to the party led by Obong (Barr.) Daniel Udofia, popularly known as Synagogue.
Daniel Udofia said he decided to join the APC after observing that members of the party are given air of freedom to choose their representatives.
“I’m into the party because of progressiveness. APC believes in internal democracy. This is time for change. I support the change”.
Amadu Atai encouraged councillorship candidates of the party who were presented flags to take their campaigns seriously.
Atai said, Nsit Ubium is the home of the APC because it is the hometown of the leader of the party, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, hence members of the party must show strength in the forthcoming election.
Meanwhile, Arc. Victor Akpan, chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Nsit Ubium said cardinal agenda of his administration if elected chairman will be improved healthcare, education, employment creation and infrastructure.
Akpan disclosed that his policy on health will be to reduce cost, improve access, and quality of healthcare for women and children.
He said his administration will position Nsit Ubium to have access to grants on health, education, agriculture and infrastructure.
“There are lots of grants available across the world. We will position Nsit Ubium to have access to grants for health, childcare, early child education, and agriculture.
“Federal Government has provided lots of grant through the Central Bank of Nigeria, but local government areas are not tapping from them. I can assure you we will tap from those grants and will ensure that the effects of all those are felt in Nsit Ubium”.
Arc. Victor Akpan disclosed that agriculture and agro-processing will drive his employment and youth empowerment programmes.
He hinted that he has identified job opportunities in the value chain of many produce and food crops available in Nsit Ubium and will harness those opportunities by training and encouraging businesses in agro-processing.
“Nsit Ubium people should expect a great deal; a great deal of progress in youths and empowerment through agriculture and agro-processing. We have identified areas we can create employment by processing the agric produce we have here”.
The APC standard bearer said he will pursue vigorously upgrading of public utilities as schools, hospitals, markets and roads.
“If you look around, the rate of dilapidation in infrastructure in Nsit Ubium is incredible. We have a few roads, the roads in the villages are all eroded. That will change. Same with other infrastructure”.
Akpan who is running on a joint ticket with Alphonsus Ntekop, said the APC is fully mobilised for the election.
“We are fully mobilized as it is. We have done ward to ward tour. We have spoken with people in the villages. Our people are ready to go out and vote overwhelmingly for the APC”, he stressed.
Source: The Guide Newspaper