- Meet George, PDP leaders during the consultation tour
Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful and Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel said yesterday that the push for industrialization in Lagos state would boost Nigeria’s economy.
He advocated a special status for Lagos and promised that, under his leadership, he would pursue policies that would make Lagos’ economy flourish.
Emmanuel said that the development of the Lagos economy would have a multiplier effect on the nation’s economic growth.
He said that Lagos, as the former federal capital, deserved proper attention just like its counterparts around the world.
Emmanuel visited Lagos as part of his consultation and mobilization tour of the PDP chapters.
He visited the head of the PPD, Chief Olabode George, and other bigwigs, to solicit support for his presidential ambition.
He was accompanied by former Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswan, Colonel Habib Shuaibu (his campaign manager) and Akwa Ibom Information Commissioner Ini Ememobong.
George, who welcomed the Governor and his team, spoke about the importance of Lagos as a commercial and hospitable center for all.
Suswan explained the mission to Lagos and said that Emmanuel valued the party bosses.
The candidate thanked George for his nationalist role and said that only competent leadership could solve the complex problems facing the country.
Emmanuel advised other professionals to join politics to fix the country.
He explained how he managed Akwa Ibom and established Ibom Airline, which has earned a reputation as the best airline in the country.
He said that he has attracted foreign direct investment by creating a favorable environment conducive to Akwa Ibom.
He noted that Akwa Ibom was next to Lagos on the list of foreign direct investment in Nigeria.
The governor said the country must rekindle hope for a better future to curb the brain drain syndrome among young people.
Emmanuel described himself as “a man of immense ability and integrity”, vowing to strengthen the naira through an economic revival that would reposition the country.