The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses F. Ekpo, MFR, has been officially confirmed as the gubernatorial running mate to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
The state governor who broke the news at an emergency meeting of the state caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Governor’s Lodge on Wednesday morning said the decision was informed by Mr. Ekpo’s well-grounded capacity for service delivery, performance and loyalty.
Governor Emmanuel who described Mr. Ekpo as a befitting deputy noted that he remains one of the reliable generals who have added significant value to the Divine Mandate Campaign Organisation as well as the success of the present administration.
The Deputy Governor in his acceptance acknowledged the tremendous support he has received from the governor in the course of his work. He thanked the governor and the party for the confidence reposed in him to go into the 2019 race as the running mate to the governor and further assured that he will acquit himself of the onerous responsibility that goes with such endorsement.
Mr. Ekpo further called on all members of the PDP family in the state to be united in working towards the success of all the party’s candidates in the forthcoming elections.
Before coming on board as the running mate to Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2015, Mr. Ekpo was the Federal Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom State at the National Population Commission, Abuja.
A renowned journalist, Mr. Ekpo had served severally as a Federal Director of Information, Diplomat, former Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission and erstwhile President of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, as well as the pioneer Commissioner for Information, Social Development, Youth, Sports and Culture in Akwa Ibom State