A group, under the aegis of National Transformation Movement, has called on Senator Godswill Akpabio, to contest the office of the president, in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The group said that having gone through the six geopolitical zones of the country, Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, had been seen to be a man with the right capacity to lead Nigeria to its desired destination.
The position of the group is contained in a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Uyo on Sunday and jointly signed by Messrs Ubong Idemudo, Victor Bassey, Daniel Ime and Dr Imo Effiong.
It noted that the landmark achievements recorded by Akpabio in his eight years in office as governor of Akwa Ibom, were still fresh in their memories.
The communique added that if given opportunity to govern Nigeria, he would perform even better.
The group in the communique said that Nigeria needed a president in the likes of Akpabio, who is detribalised in all facets of his endeavour and could maximise the agricultural sector, to scuttle the menace of food insecurity if given the mandate.
“Nigerians are desirous of a man that can restructure international trade policies in favour of a common man in numerous uncommon ways.
“Nigerians are contending for an engine in a man that can design monetary and fiscal policies that will encourage foreign direct investment and in turn, create employment using green accounting measures, to sustain green economic environment.
“We are after a man that has the zeal to interpret the root cause of insecurity in Nigeria for effective crisis management for sustainable public order.
“Having strategically considered the plight of Nigeria as a country, we, through a thorough analytical cross-sectional perception study, conducted within the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, unanimously declare to compel Sen. Godswill Akpabio to contest for the position of the President.
“We, the Nigerians fully represented here, attributed our desires for you as a president because of your landmark achievements in governance spanning from your prominence and remarkable achievements, when your policies as a governor restructured Akwa Ibom state economically and improve its infrastructures,” the communique stated.
The group said Akpabio’s performance as a Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, had repositioned the ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to an enviable position worthy of duplication in all part of the country.
It added that Akpabio’s benevolence and wisdom had calmed the inherent tension and youths restiveness of the Niger Delta region and reduced militancy since assumption of office as the minister.
“The NDDC which was almost comatose has been rejuvenated and corruption reduced to minimum, through the forensic audit supervised by the minister.
“The completion of the corporate headquarters of the NDDC which has been seemingly impossible since its inception and the completion of countless number of projects in the region,” communique stated.
According to the communique, if Akpabio accepts the clarion call to contest the office of the president, the group will purchase the nomination form for him.