By Patrick Obia
Former governorship candidate in the 2023 guber election in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor; Senator representing Cross River Northern Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate – Sen. Jarigbe Agom and the member representing the Obanlinku/Bekwarra/Obudu Federal Constituency – Honorable Peter Akpanke have felicitated with State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Venetius Ikem.
The trio in separate messages signed and made available by their media aides, all congratulated and lauded the PDP Chairman as he turns 59 years old.
“On behalf of my family and the entire constituents of Cross River North Senatorial District, I heartily felicitate the indefatigable State Chairman of our great Party, The People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Barr. Venatius Ikem, on this special occasion of your birthday.
“I salute your courage, outstanding leadership prowess, commitment to good governance and democratic tenets.
“It is my earnest prayer that the Almighty crowns all your efforts with resounding successes, keeps you in good health and guides you each step of the way. Happy birthday and many happy returns, Mr. Chairman,” read the message from Senator Jarigbe Agom.
On his part, Senator Sandy Onor described Vena as a man of unwavering character as well as a resilient man of impeccable character integrity and probity.
“Today, we celebrate you and the impacts you bestowed on us as a party and family within our state and beyond. You’re a man of unwavering commitment and character. Your integrity, kindness, and strength inspire us all.”
He likened Barr. Ikem to Mahatma Gandhi, a prominent Indian independence movement leader, widely admired for his commitment and truth to social justice, and high standards of integrity and probity, making him a symbol of moral leadership.
“Barr Ikem has consistently demonstrated honesty, moral uprightness, and commitment to ethical principles both in actions and in decisions even in the face of difficulty and personal sacrifices. Like the famous Mahatma Gandhi whose life exemplified the highest standard of integrity and probity, making him the symbol and embodiment of moral leadership.
“As you continue to steer the wheels, my family and members of our great party (PDP), wish you a day filled with joy and a year filled with even greater achievements, Amen!”
Honourable Peter Akpanke on his part wished: “On behalf of Hon Peter Akpanke, Member Representing Obanliku Bekwarra and Obudu Federal Constituency, I want to wish you a very happy birthday! We appreciate your dedicated service to the PDP and your unwavering commitment to advancing our party’s values and aspirations.
“As you celebrate this special day, may you be surrounded by love, joy and abundance. May your heart be filled with gratitude for all that you have achieved thus far and may you be inspired to reach greater heights.
“We thank you for your selfless service to the people of Cross River State and the PDP family. May the good Lord grant you good health, long life, and divine favour in all your endeavors. Once again, Happy Birthday Mr Chairman sir.”