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Governor Udom Emmanuel. Photo/Twitter/MrUdomEmmanuel

• As Akwa Ibom Residents In Lagos Pledge Support
Despite insinuation regarding his possible defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel surprised his detractors with Friday’s declaration to run for second term on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He, however, issued a strong warning to his predecessor to desist from insulting and threatening people of the state.

He said: “Politeness is not weakness. I refused to haul insults, attack people, or call names. I refused to show anger when provoked. All power belongs to God. No man is God. Only God is God. One man in Akwa Ibom State cannot determine who governs or does not; who stays or who doesn’t.”

And yesterday, during a 5,000-man march for Udom by Akwa Ibom indigenes in Lagos, an aide to the governor’s wife, Mrs. Nsikan Ukpanah said the current administration would not be distracted by the opposition, but would continue to improve on its infrastructure drive.

She said: “We are not intimidated at all, it is a free world. The people of Akwa Ibom voted his Excellency, even when they did not know him, and now that they know him and he has performed very well, I can assure you that they will vote for him again in 2019. We are not intimidated, neither are we afraid of anybody because one man is not enough to hold back the governor, it is the people that matter in situations like this.

She urged the participants to impress on their relatives back in Akwa Ibom, the need for them to register in order to be qualified to cast their votes, as coming out to vote en masse remains the surest way to re-elect the governor.

Ukpanah thanked the youths for the love shown to the incumbent, saying defying the rain to be part of the walk showed that they were passionate about working towards Governor Emmanuel’s re-election.



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