3rd June, 2022
By Akeem Abas
Sen. Godswill Akpabio, a Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says he followed the footprint of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo during his tenure as governor.
He stated this on Friday while addressing the APC delegates in Oyo State.
Received by Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Akpabio promised to transform Nigeria to enviable heights if given the party’s ticket and eventually emerged as the president in 2023.
The former Minister said that his little effort transformed Akwa-Ibom into an enviable state, adding such was his vision for a greater Nigeria.
“My little effort in Akwa-Ibom as a governor transformed the state into an enviable state among states in Nigeria. These efforts in Akwa-Ibom cut across all sectors.
“I followed the footprint of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo on education by declaring free education in Akwa-Ibom. I spent N100 per term per child in the primary and N300 per term per child in the secondary,” he said.
While acknowledging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration on security, he pledged to tackle insecurity, if given the mandate.
“I will involve the traditional institution and other relevant stakeholders in achieving this. We must give traditional rulers and other stakeholders roles to play in tackling insecurity,” he said.
Akpabio said he would ensure national integration and promotion of moral ethos toward fostering unity, as well as discipline in the country.
According to him, his achievements as the governor of Akwa-Ibom and Minister of Niger Delta would put the country in good stead.
The presidential aspirant urged the delegates to consider integrity, credentials, antecedents and achievements in picking the party’s presidential candidate.