Member representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke has publicly declared his interest to run for the office of the governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2023.
Barr Luke says the youths of the state deserve an opportunity to showcase their experience and capabilities in running the leadership affairs of the state.
Mr Luke is the immediate past Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, a two-term member of the state house of assembly and a former Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
A former President of the Students Union Government, University of Uyo, Barr Luke who is the current President, University of Uyo Alumni Association is presently the only youth aspirant for the top job, having just celebrated his 43th birth anniversary on March 16, 2021.
Mr Luke who made his intention known on Tuesday, April 13, through a Facebook post to commemorate the 68th birth anniversary of Architect Otu Ita Toyo, said it was time to entrust the leadership of the state into the hands of the youths.
Toyo is the former State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose emergence in 2005 was stiffly opposed by the youth structure of the party, in solidarity with the then governor, Arc. Obong Victor Attah.
Congratulating Ita Toyo on his new age, and for remaining steadfast with his character of steadfastness and forthrightness, Onofiok Luke called on Chief Toyo to use his wealth of experience and “galvanize the wisdom and support of the elders for the emergence of a youthful leader for the state.”
“Today as you clock another milestone in age, I celebrate you. I celebrate your forthrightness. I celebrate your intellectual prowess which is in short supply in our political horizon. I celebrate the grace of God upon your life.
“Since life is in perspectives, I don’t know what others have to say about you. But from my own perspective, formed out of my personal experience and encounter with you, I celebrate you as a good and forthright man with conscience.
“We make a request on this day of your birth to once again stand with the youths of our State by galvanizing the wisdom and support of the Elders to grant us an opportunity in the leadership recruitment as we have the requisite experience and will count seriously on the wisdom and guidance of the Elders in governance”, he said.
© Source: RealNews