Governor Ben Ayade, has described Edem Ekong Esq. as an
honest and seasoned administrator following a courtesy visit by the latter to formally declare
his intention to run for the highest position in the State under the platform of the All
Receiving him and other party faithfuls at the Governor’s office, Ayade expressed his
satisfaction at the quality of sportsmanship whilst noting that Edem Ekong is not just the first
person to notify him of his intention to vie for the Office of the Governor in the forthcoming
coming general election, but also the first from the South to declare interest, since the
Governor’s commitment to return power to the Southern Senatorial District in 2023.
“When I won my reelection bid, I made a promise that my successor must come from the
south. I gave my word and will give my right eye to keep it. The south has always stood by
my government, they were the first Senatorial District who asked me to run for a second
term. It is only natural that I do.
Edem is someone who is very honest and someone I have worked closely with; a seasoned
Administrator with the maturity and temerity to follow through with decisions he believes in”.
Governor Ayade asserted.
In his response, Ekong thanked Governor Ben Ayade for his kind words and camaraderie towards
his gubernatorial aspiration.
He indicated his readiness to engage the electorates across the
state with a view to conscientise them about his ambition and choice of APC as the preferred
vehicle for progress in the state.
Other party stakeholders in the entourage took turns to speak at the event and opined that
Ekong’s wealth of experience gathered over the years from working as Commissioner for
Lands and Housing and Local Government Affairs respectively, Special Adviser, Department
of Public Transportation (DOPT) and others, make him an ideal candidate for the job
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