Ita Enang, lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate has declared interest to run for the state governorship election in 2023.
Mr Enang, a Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, made his intention known on Saturday during a meeting with Ibiono Ibom stakeholders in Uyo, the state capital.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmaker said this is because of calls from the people of the state asking him to vie for the top office which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been in charge of since the return to democracy in 1999.
“I have decided to make public my intention to run for the office of governor of Akwa Ibom State in response to the overwhelming pressure from the good people of the three senatorial districts of the state for me to declare my interest in the race,” Mr Enang said. “I wish to assure our people that I will run for the office of governor of Akwa Ibom State come 2023.
“I had to consult widely on the issue.
“I was also mindful of the fact that I had a job to perform, which I needed to give my all.
“But as you can see, 2023 is just by the corner and I have to begin the normal consultations, while waiting for the official commencement of the political activities by my party to go into full campaigns,” he added.