Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has urged all aspirants seeking elective offices in 2023 in the state to resist the urged of using violence as a political tool to clinch power.
He said the electorate, having experienced peace in the last six years, are poised to reject any candidate who tries to derail the prevailing peace in the State.
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The Governor, who stated this on Sunday at a Special Interdenominational Solemn Assembly to rededicate the state to God and usher in year 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Uyo, called on Akwa Ibom to thank God for sustaining the state through challenges in recent years.
He cautioned persons aspiring for political office in 2023 not to heat up the polity, but rather go about it peacefully in order not to disrupt the peace and development in the state, adding that God in due time will reveal his successor
“This year all those who seek political office in 2023 will seek in peace and people should also realize that even if there are up to 100 people there is only one seat and one man will sit and as the homily said no matter what we do it is only the Lord’s counsel that shall stand,” he stated.
Governor Emmanuel, who rededicated the state to God, attributed the rising profile of Akwa Ibom State’s development and prevailing peace to God’s unfailing mercies and guidance.
In his words, “Every year we gather like this to seek the face of God, this State as we all know belongs to God that is why I refer to Akwa Ibom in my speeches as God’s own piece of real estate.
“God is the great and mighty warrior who has never disappointed us as a state over the years through His love mercy and guidance which is why we have come here collectively as a people and as a state to thank Him for allowing us see the year 2022, for what He has done and what He will continue to do.”
He reiterated his commitment in delivering on his promises, stating that with some challenges earlier witnessed from climate change to other unforeseen issues all developmental projects in the state will be completed.
“The year 2021 was a difficult one from the harvests of deaths that we had to the manifestation of what scientists call climate change.
“People will agree with me that we have never seen such a rainfall like that of last year and the attendant delay of most of our road construction and other infrastructural expansion.
“We thank God that in spite of these factors coupled with the COVID-19, we have remained totally focused in fulfilling our governance obligations to the best of the resources available’’
He however called on the Akwa Ibom people to take responsibility for building the state.
The governor who took the only Bible reading from Isaiah 60: 1-6, also led in Offertory Procession alongside Deputy Governor, Speaker Akwa Ibom House of Assembly and Secretary to the State Government.
In a related development, Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on all Akwa Ibom people to remain hopeful, trusting God for better days in the state and country at large.
Speaking on Saturday, during a New Year Worship Service at Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion Diocese of Uyo, the Governor who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel and family, some State Executive Council members, welcomed Akwa Ibom people into the year 2022 with the optimism that the state and country will evade the challenges faced in 2021.
He noted that in line with the theme of the state in 2022, ‘There Shall be a Performance’, God will reveal his successor in due time, adding that whoever God reveals as his successor will have the same confirmation without confusion.