The chieftains, in Abuja, hosted Emmanuel, who advanced his quest for the party’s nomination at the primary coming up later this month.
Chairman of Governor Udom Campaign Organisation, Senator Gabriel Suswam, while introducing the aspirant and the attendees, said knowledge of the economy was the foremost qualification for anyone aspiring to lead Nigeria next year.
The party stalwarts equally described the turnaround that Akwa Ibom State has witnessed under Emmanuel as evidence of his capacity to develop the most populous black nation if given the opportunity.
Suswam observed: “Fix the economy and everything else will fall in place. We have not, as a country, had the good fortunes of having as a leader someone with a sound and deep knowledge of the economy like Udom Emmanuel has.
“That is why there is no longer a middle class in the country today. It is either you are rich or you are poor, and we have been described as the poverty capital of the world.
“We have had leaders that have been bamboozled by the economy. More than ever before, we now need a President with a difference, who can take this country to a positive level.”
Responding, the governor pointed at his training with the leading accounting firm, Pricewaterhouse, and his achievements in the public sector, stating that while the nation’s economy was shrinking, that of his state was expanding through his ingenuity of creating money in a cash-strapped system.
He said as industries were relocating from Nigeria, Akwa Ibom had attracted not less than 22 new businesses through creativity that had catapulted the state as second best Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination, coming only after Lagos.
“While Nigeria is net importer of foreign goods, Akwa Ibom is presently an exporter of quality products like made in Nigeria syringes,” Emmanuel remarked.
He added: “We are even struggling to meet up with demands.”
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