By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABRAKAâ€”A MEDICAL practitioner, Dr. John Akwara, has formally declared his desire to contest the seat of Ethiope Federal Constituency of Delta State in the 2011 House of RepresentativesÂ election.
Akwara, who operates a flourishing medical outfit before venturing into politics, planned to contest the lection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He formally intimated his people in his ward in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state, about his aspiration during a rally in Abraka.
The Abraka rally in honour of Akwara was attended by prominent politicians including members of the opposition parties from within and outside the federal constituency, which is made up of Ethiope West and East LGAs.
Eminent politicians from the constituency, especially those of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party endorsed Akwara for the election, adding that he was eminently qualified to represent the area.
The medical doctor presented his manifesto and profile to the public and he was lauded for his landmark achievements in the private sector.
The medical practitioner, who played significant roles in the emergence of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan as governor of Delta State in 2007, said his intention to contest election in the constituency in 2011 was in response to the growing public clamour and pressures on him by the members of the PDP and opposition parties in the area.
Akwara, who is the chairman of the Intercessors for Uduaghan, an interdenominational Christian group to actualise the second term bid of the governor and a member of Uduaghan Vision, a group which is also seeking the re-election of Uduaghan in 20011, said, â€œI have come leaving my lucrative job as a chief medical officer and my flourishing medical practice seeking to represent the good people of Ethiope at the Federal House of Representatives.
â€œHaving considered all things, I have decided today to come to my ward to present myself as a servant and I make bold to plead with the good people of Abraka to see me as a man who is willing to serve and bring the needed transformation to our land. I want to be the Moses of our time- send me.
â€œMy words are my bounds and by the grace of God we shall succeed. I donâ€™t have much to say but I believe that times have changed and it is time for us in Ethiope to vote for people, who are God fearing, righteous and can deliver the democratic dividends.â€
Akwara promised to compliment the efforts of Uduaghan by attracting development to the area if given the mandate by the people of the constituency.
He recalled his roles in the election of Uduaghan, especially the arson attacks on his property and those owned by his family members during the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election, adding that Uduaghanâ€™s good performance had vindicated him.