The Akwa Ibom State Council of Ministers has called on Governor Udom Emmanuel to rescind his endorsement of Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Umo Eno, as his successor in 2023.
President of the group, Apostle Joseph Nyong, and Secretary, Apostle Elijah Usoh, said the choice of Eno was bereft of equity and fairness, adding that the selection was an imposition designed to outsmart the majority of the Akwa Ibom people.
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Speaking yesterday in Uyo, the group criticised former Governor Obong Victor Attah for spearheading the endorsement and wondered why he connived with the governor to scuttle the zoning arrangement he had started.
They argued that the endorsement was skewed against the zoning arrangement which produced Attah and Emmanuel which should in fairness be micro-zoned to Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that it is only Itu/ Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency that is yet to produce the governor of all the Federal Constituencies within Uyo Senatorial District. It is therefore equitable and fair that it should be micro zoned to the federal constituency of Itu/Ibiono,” the group stated.
They dismissed the claim that Emmanuel’s choice is a revelation from God as a bare faced lie to give Eno credence.
They warned that if the public outcry against the endorsement was not well handled, it might degenerate into an avoidable crisis ahead of the 2023 general elections.