Ibibio elders back Emmanuel for governor
A group, the Ibibio Elders’ Fo-rum, has endorsed the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for next year’s governorship election.
The forum said the aspirant will defend the growth, unity and development of the state.
The forum is made up of elders from Ibibioland. It explained that Emmanuel is a humble and committed administrator.
When some of the elders visited the SSG in his office at Uyo, the state capital, they urged him to declare his intention to run for the office.
They said Emmanuel has lived up to expectation as a technocrat before he was appointed as the SSG.
Hailing his patriotism, they said: “those who got jobs through Emmanuel’s assistance have established themselves to the envy of their contemporaries in other states.”
Noting that Emmanuel is the only Ibibio son on the board of African Finance Corporation and the highest ranking Akwa Ibom son in the financial sector, they wondered “why Akwa Ibom should go to war with a mere recruit when they have a ‘General”
Former Minister of Lands and Housing Chief Nduese Essien said the SSG will be a worthy successor to Governor Godswill Akpabio. He said: “It is on this basis that the entire Ibibio elders of Akwa Ibom State have realized that we need someone like Udom Emmanuel as Governor, come 2015, because he is the right choice and truly deserves the seat.”
The Chairman of the Forum, Dr Okon Uko, decried the falsehood, propaganda, blackmail and the “pull him down syndrome” that have characterised politics in Ibibioland.
Uko extolled the sterling qualities of the SSG, saying that he will be a good governor.