As campaigns for the 2023 general election continue, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom state Umo Eno has expressed concern over what he described as a “high level of political smear and blackmail.” ” by the opposition parties.

Eno, who did not name any politician or political party, said the practice of running over, lying and blackmailing people would never build Akwa Ibom.

Speaking Saturday at a town hall meeting, tagged, “Umo Eno Town Hall Series Season 1,” hosted by the Connect Initiative, Eno
he urged politicians to overcome prejudice and focus on the problems ahead.

He said: “Please, let’s move forward in this discussion and run away from things that degrade us, we must overcome prejudices and look at the problems that lie ahead. Fighting among ourselves and running over people, blackmailing people, telling lies will not build Akwa Ibom of our dream.”

He listed his priorities to include job creation, stability in food prices, improvement in people’s standard of living, environmental sustainability, agricultural development, security and tourism development, among others.

In the area of ​​Agriculture, the gubernatorial candidate said that his administration will put in place the necessary machinery to revolutionize agriculture in the state.

He said: “Global warming is seriously taking its toll on the world today, we have to join hands. Everywhere, we campaigned in local government areas, most of the challenges that people face are erosion and these are part of our environment and we need to work hard in that area.”

Event organizer Dr Frank Ekpeyong, speaking on behalf of the Connect Initiative, said: “The town hall meeting was intended to provide a platform to engage directly with critical stakeholders on the concerns and challenges facing different sectors of society and provide the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss, inquire and obtain commitments from the candidate regarding his plans for Akwa Ibom State”.

Our correspondent reports that leaders from various professional bodies and associations attended, including the Nigerian Medical Association, the Nigerian Journalists Union, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Universities Academic Staff Unions, the Nigerian Bar Association and much others.