Former Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Desmond Akawor on Saturday emerged as the New Face of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Rivers State after he was elected as the new Chairman of the Party in Rivers State.
Delegates from the 23 Local Government Areas of the State too turn to cast their votes in alphabetical order.
Mr. Desmond will be taking over from Felix Obuah, who has been the chairman of the Rivers State People’s Democratic Party since 2013 before being re-elected in May 2016 for his second term.
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State and their admirers turned out in their numbers to celebrate the famous victory, especially the people of Oyigbo Local government as they were optimistic that with Desmond as the new State Chairman of PDP, 2023 Governorship election victory is assured.
They promise to be behind the new state chairman of the party, to support, fight and never disppoint him come 2023.
Congratulations to Amb. Desmond Akawor, JP.
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In his acceptance speech, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor commended the Rivers State Governor for creating the platform for peaceful congress in the state.
He said Governor Wike has been a worthy ambassador of the PDP through his superlative performance since 2015.
He said that members of the new Rivers State Working Committee will serve the party and lead it to greater achievements.
He assured the party of the loyalty and commitment of the new executive committee.
Ambassador Desmond Akawor said that the leadership and membership of the new Rivers State PDP Executive Committee will always stand by Governor Wike throughout his administration.
“We must continue to do what will sustain the hope our people have in government. If INEC conducts credible elections at any time, PDP candidates will win all the positions.”
Governor Wike called on the party to continue to support the State Government for the benefit of Rivers people.
“The party must continue to support the State Government. Don’t allow anyone to deceive you into distracting the State Government. This is a time for governance,” he said.
Governor Wike urged the new State Working Committee of Rivers State PDP not to lower the standard of performance set by the outgoing State Executive.
He appealed to the incoming State Chairman to apply his wealth of experience to sustain the party.
The Governor praised the outgoing Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah for his commitment to the growth of PDP and his total loyalty to the leadership in the state.
“Loyalty is not by mouth, showing appearance or seeing the Governor regularly. Loyalty is by conduct and the things you do at the back.”
Governor Wike said when the struggle to win back Rivers State started 8b 2013, a decision was made to elect Bro Felix Obuah because of his pedigree.
“We concluded that Bro Felix Obuah will not sell out. He stood firm, despite all temptations. Since he became chairman, he has never waivered. He has never sabotaged the State Government and the party.
“If it was constitutionally possible for anyone to stay, we would have allowed Felix Obuah to stay. It is going to be difficult to replace Obuah,” he said.
Born on December 1, 1964 to the family of late Eze and Lolo Jackson Akawor of Egberu Ndoki in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, Ambassador Akawor is loaded with political and administrative expertise.
He was Former Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Former Minister of State, FCT,Former Executive Director, Projects, NPA, Former GM/CEO, NDBDA, One time Commissioner for Water Resources & Rural Development, Former Commercial Manager, First Aluminum Plc, Director General, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike Campaign Organization 2015 & 2019.
Until his election as Rivers State PDP Chairman, he has been the Administrator, Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority (GPHCDA).
Congratulations Ambassador Desmond Akawor!