Why indigenes in Diaspora endorsed Udom

Akwa Ibom in­digenes in the United Kingdom have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Udom Emmanuel, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard bearer in the forthcoming governor­ship election in Akwa Ibom State.

Giving reasons for the move, the indigenes, un­der the auspices of Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance (ACA) UK chapter, in a press statement by its Coordinator, Mr. Imoh Umoetuk, disclosed that with the emergence of Udom as the flag-bearer of the PDP in the state, a number of UK companies have indicat­ed interest in partnering the group to establish profitable ventures in the state.

According to him, “these partnerships are capable of boosting the socio-economic development of Akwa Ibom State and assisting the state in creating a private- sector-driven economy.”

Umoetuk further stressed the readiness of Akwa Ibom indigenes living in the UK to utilise their diverse profes­sionalism to attract invest­ment to Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.

The coordinator further ex­plained that members of ACA in the UK were highly skilled professionals, who held stra­tegic positions in blue chip companies abroad and had decided to use their positions to attract investments to key sectors of the economy to en­gender development.

Umoetuk, a lawyer, also highlighted the level of infra­structure development, which the present administration in the state had put in place, saying it formed the bedrock for future economic develop­ment.

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