As the year 2021 draws to a close, 2023 political fiesta in Akwa lbom begins in earnest, as more aspirants, especially from the Uyo senatorial district, which governorship zoning principle favored, have continued to emerge, with a ranking Senator of an inestimable repute, Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert – OBA being the popular entrant.

His entry into the race to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel has so far altered perennial political calculations and permutations known in Akwa lbom. This change is further confirmed as political heavyweight champions in the state, including political principalities and powers, across political divides in the state throwing their weights behind him (OBA). According to them, Bassey Albert is a home grown and Governorship Hopefull.

OBA, who has refused to make public pronouncement with regards to his 2023 political ambition as of yet, is secretly extending hands of fellowship to all Akwa lbom sons and daughters who are at the opposite political extreme, while exemplifying gratitude to all and sundry, for their show of support to his political candidature.

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Responding to a question from one of the social media influencers, while marking his 49th birthday last week, Obong Bassey Albert Akpan assured Akwa lbom people of leadership of human capital development and by shared vision, if voted to Hilltop Mansion come 2023 gubernatorial election in the state. He promised to administer the state based on the collective vision of all Akwa lbom people. According to him; “I shall be accountable to my people”.

“We shall lead by inspiration, be the best example that we can and leave a legacy of sustainable development, and anything except excellent, will no longer be acceptable to Akwa lbpm people. The needs of my people must be prioritised,” OBA promised.

He also vowed to focus on building up Akwa lbom people and lift the state to great new height through youth/women empowerment, sports, and recreational development, tackle unemployment, infrastructure deficit, and energy development to sustain the state industrialisation. as well as strengthening health and education sectors, while reforming the civil service, among others.

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While speaking further, OBA said his cardinal focus would be close to his people, as his administration would revolutionise agriculture to produce enough to feed his people and for export, adding that over 90 per cent of the state’s land mass is suitable for all-year-round farming.

He promised to systematically modernise subsistent farmers in the state to increase food output, with equal development of agricultural value chain in each crop line, as the state would arrange for both local and foreign off-takers to buy off all excess produce.

He further promised to support the innovation with farm inputs for high-yielding crops, and fertilizers, pest control methods, saying tractors would be made readily available, especially within the farming cluster areas, with storage facilities, including silos built and farmers would be supported, assisted and celebrated.

He applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for sustaining free and compulsory quality education in the state, saying since modern economy is knowledge-driven, his administration will continue from where Governor Emmanuel stops.

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Continuing, OBA said vocational education shall be equally ranked, and must be of very high standard and made to be viable to feed the industries built by Governor Udom Emmanuel’s tenure in the state, adding that skills acquired in the vocational education shall be internationally certified.

He said the demands of industries in Akwa lbom is what will inform his administration in promoting vocational industrial skills all for the purpose of servicing the state’ industries.

Obong Bassey Albert Akpan, who said consolidating of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s development strides in the state shall be the defining principle of his administration, concluded with these words; “l promise to be accountable to my people, should I be voted to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel”.