It was a day of celebration for the entire people of Akwa Ibom State as Ibibionation and the entire Akwa Ibom people unanimously endorsed and supported Governor Udom Emmanuel for eight uninterrupted years.
At the sacred arena of the Ibibios, the Asan Ibibio, a colorful reception organized by the Ibibios to celebrate their Governor and his wife became a festival of support, endorsement, and solidarity by the various stakeholders and leaders of the geographical and political blocks from within and outside the state.
Speaker after speaker, ranging from royal fathers, senatorial representatives as well as brother governors from other states in the country, eulogized Governor Emmanuel and announce their support for his leadership.
Speaking on behalf of Paramount Rulers in Ibibio land, the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Udo John Ntukubom described Governor Emmanuel’s leadership as God’s divine provisions for a time like this, adding that he was mandated to endorse him in view of his outstanding agricultural revolutionary programmes in the state.
If all the Akwa Ibom people have come out to say that Mr Udom Emmanuel has their support for eight years, who is going to come and oppose that,” referring to the crowd of Akwa Ibom people at the arena, Chief Ntukubom quipped?
Since no one can oppose that, and God himself has ratified it, I hereby present you with two cows a male and female, to symbolize the prosperity his government is bringing to Akwa Ibom State.
Another Ibibio paramount Ruler, Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette of Etinan local government, presented a sword of valour to the governor, describing him as a brave Ibibio son who will always overcome obstacles before him.
Edidem Umoette, the Chairman of Uyio Ikpaisong Ibibio said his people were in full support of Mr Emmanuel’s governance for two terms, as a performing governor in the State.
Other items presented by the royal fathers included, a bible from the Paramount Ruler of Onna local government Edidem Raymond Inyang, and a Staff presented by the State Council of Chiefs, led by Edidem Effiong Archianga.
In their separate messages, the governors of Abia, Imo and Ekiti States spoke on the need for the people of the state to come together in unity and love devoid of parochial sentiments and continue to support their governor to achieve more.
Governor Okorocha said he came to further strengthen the bond of peace and unity between the South East and the South South, and advocated the strengthening of the economic ties that will generate wealth for the states in the two sub-regions.
“Governor Udom is not a governor of a section of the state, he is not a governor of APC or PDP, Governor Udom Emmanuel is the Governor of Akwa Ibom, therefore we must learn when to drop politics and when to embrace governance.”
On his part, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu lauded the entire people of the state for the show of love and large crowd of support on the Governor, describing him as a fisher of men who has brought his people together.
The Chairman of the PDP governor’s forum said that Mr Emmanuel’s endorsement was not a surprise and boasted that the party will always maintain strong grip in Akwa Ibom and South East and South South states.
Speaking on behalf of the 26 members of the House of Assembly in Akwa Ibom, the Speaker Onofiok Luke described Mr Emmanuel as a detribalized leader with the agenda to develop the state, and added that the state lawmakers are ready to give him complete support to continue to deliver on his promises.
“We are telling the people in Abuja and everywhere that the Governor is on ground and the ground is for the Governor, we in the House of Assembly, we stand with Governor Udom,” Barr Luke added.
The immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority, Godswill Akpabio, speaking on behalf of the Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, said the fact that everyone attended the event meant that Udom Emmanuel is a symbol of unity.
“That means that Akwa Ibom people did not make mistake in 2015 when we rose as one to elect Udom Gabriel as our Governor, Your Excellency in a period like this God must produce a leader, in a period of recession you have done exceedingly well… your training to work and manage people and resource that training has paid off in Akwa Ibom in the last two years.”