The state’s elders have advised Governor Udom Emmanuel not to be deterred by the Election Petition Tribunal verdict.
Governor Udom Emmanuel has been advised not to be deterred by the Election Petition Tribunal verdict but should remain resolute in the implementation of his administration’s industrial blueprint as it seeks to better the lot of every Akwa Ibom person.
The advice was given when Elders of the state under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Elders Consultative Forum, called on the Governor in a solidarity visit. Briefing Government House correspondents soon after the visit, the Leader of the delegation and former Minister of Lands and Housing, Chief Ndueso Essien, spoke of the verdict as unnecessary distraction.
He said that the opposition party cannot secure victory in the state given the fact that the Governorship position was unanimously zoned to Eket Senatorial District. He said that the entire people of the state are anxiously waiting for the zone to produce a Governor.
“We are very certain that opposition party cannot win election in this State particularly on the basis that it is the turn of Eket Senatorial District to produce the Governor. It would amount to the highest level of injustice if the district is denied this opportunity as the district has been anxiously waiting since the creation of the state.
“ The elder statesman noted. Chief Essien pointed out that the Tribunal left the people with a confused verdict as proceedings and analysis during the hearing did not correspond with the verdict.