The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, remains the only party capable of taking Nigeria out of its present economic situation.
Mr. Emmanuel said this on Tuesday, in Benin, during the official flag-off of the campaign for the Edo State PDP governorship flag bearer, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ahead of the September 10 gubernatorial election.
Governor Emmanuel, who represented the South-South PDP governors, said the party was ready to reclaim the state from the All Progressive Congress, APC, and keep the region as a stronghold of the PDP.
He said doing so would deliver dividends of democracy and engender steady growth and development in the oil-rich region.
Mr. Emmanuel described Mr. Ize-Iyamu, who is a pastor, as a credible candidate who will reposition Edo State.
Earlier, Mr. Ize-Iyamu announced a former chairman of Esan North Local Government Area, John Yakubu, as his running mate.
He expressed gratitude to God and PDP supporters for the opportunity given him to fly the ticket of the party, saying the party was blessed with leaders who can change the fortune of the state.
The campaign flag-off was witnessed by the deputy governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro, who represented Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
A former chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, the Esama of Benin, Gabriel Igbinedion, and a former foreign affairs minister, Tom Ikimi, also attended the event.
Others at the occasion include the PDP Board of Trustees Member, Jerry Gana, and the national chairman of the party, Ahmed Markafi, who was represented by Odion Ugbesia.