Frontline APC Gubernatorial aspirant in Cross River State, High Chief Edem Duke today rounded up his consultation tour of the state with visits to Odukpani, Calabar South and Calabar Municipality Local Government Areas respectively. The tour which started in Cross River North Senatorial District saw him visit party delegates at the headquarters of each LGA.
The first stop was in Igoli, Ogoja where he and his team were received by executives of the Party at the Ward and Chapter level led by Ogoja APC Chapter Chairman, Mr. Boss Ukpo.
From Ogoja, Duke proceeded to Bekwarra and Yala Local Government Areas after which he went to Sankwalla in Obanliku for the consultation with Party Executives from Obudu and Obanliku.
At Sankwalla, He paid a courtesy call to the country home of former Senate President, Joseph Wayas. There, he said: “Dr. Wayas had invited me to his Abuja home in 2011 where he informed me that had spoken to Bola Tinubu about me and urged that I should contest to be Governor of our State, but I said then that the time was not right.”
“I am in his country home today to greet him and to inform him that I am now in the race,” he added.
During his visit to Boki in the Central Senatorial District, Duke lauded the Party Executives for holding out until his arrival in spite of the inclement weather.
The Boki APC Executives in turn appreciated him for identifying with them while assuring him of their support at the primaries. In Abi, he was received by the entire APC EXCO led by their Chapter Chairman, Mr. Romanus Egbonyi.
In the words of Egbonyi: “High Chief Edem Duke has shown loyalty to us and we will return his gesture by massively giving him our support.”
Duke also stopped over in Ugep where he donated funds to the Yakurr Chapter of the Party for the purchase of an electricity generator set.
Commencing the Southern Senatorial District consultation at Oban in Akamkpa LGA on Wednesday, he was received by former Akamkpa Executive Chairman, Hon. Polycarp Effiom who urged support for Duke. Hon Effiom, during his address, recalled that it was Edem Duke who facilitated the electrification of Oban town years ago.
Duke was also at Biase, Odukpani, Bakassi, and Calabar South after which he rounded up the statewide tour with a visit to the Executives of Calabar Municipality Local Government Area in Calabar. At Bakassi, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa was on ground to receive Duke while Professor Vincent Asor was among the Partymen who received Duke at Akampka.
Commenting after the Calabar Municipality visit which marked the end of the tour, Edem Duke expressed optimism. In his words; “I am confident that the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State has positioned itself to shine the light of positive change by supporting my candidature at the primaries on Sunday.
“I shall prove myself worthy of the task, I will not let our Party down and I will not fail my fellow Cross Riverians,” concluded Duke.