The immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Akwa Ibom has emerged as the new state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Obong Udo Ekpenyong who scored 3,840 votes at the just-concluded PDP state Congress succeeds Obong Paul Ekpo who captained the party for eight years.
Ekpenyong who had served as Ukanafun Local Government Chairman and Special Adviser on Legislative and Political Affairs will be sworn in on Saturday, August 1 at the state PDP Secretariat, Atan Offot, Uyo.
The PDP congress adjudged peaceful and transparent by both national officials of the party and INEC delegates was held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo with more than 3,845 accredited delegates from the 31 local government chapters of the party.
Ekpenyong in accepting the position saw his election as a clarion call on himself and the newly elected state executive members to take the party to an enviable height through a sustained partnership with all stakeholders of the party.
He pledged “Going forward, and speaking for myself, my sole objective on this arduous task of leading our party is to promote everything PDP in the state and nationally; through political inclusion, wide consultations, sustained dialogue, and enduring partnerships.
“On my honour, I shall give our Party the human face that makes it the power of the people. Let me reaffirm the need for loyalty to our Party. Under our watch, special emphasis will be placed on this fundamental political virtue.”
Ekpenyong appreciated the state leader of the party and governor, Udom Emmanuel for his benevolence and support, assuring that under his leadership, the party would continue to provide a strong support for the government.
Governor Emmanuel, while addressing the Congress, congratulated the outgone Paul Ekpo led administration for bringing the party thus far, noting that the PDP in Akwa Ibom is a model of party politics is the country.
Emmanuel also congratulated Mr. Ekpenyong and the newly elected Executive members on their deserving elevation.
He called on members of the newly elected Executive Committee of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State to make good the trust reposed on them through the election by remaining faithful to the party at all times.