Governor Udom: Elections will determine Akwa Ibom’s fate

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has declared that the 2019 general elections would determine whether the state would maintain its status as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria or not.

He said the first quarter would specifically determine whether the people would return to the scary era of politically motivated killing, kidnapping and violence, or remain a Christ-centric state.

Emmanuel, who noted that God has so far used him to accomplish so much for the state in the last three and half years, assured that he would not sacrifice the collective interest of his people for selfish gains.

He made this call during the 2019 State Solemn Assembly to usher in the New Year held at Ibom Hall ground Uyo, the state capital, on Wednesday

Emmanuel, at the Solemn Assembly with the theme; ‘You are God, You Alone’ drawn from [2 Kings 19:19], reminded the people of the state that in 2015, he promised them industrialisation, stressing that he has done that by establishing 15 viable industries.

He said the importance of the Solemn Assembly, which is organised every January 2 to give thanks to God for His love during the preceding year and to turn over the affairs of the State in the New Year, could not be overemphasiSed because God, he said, has not disappointed his administration.

“Fellow Akwa Ibomites, this is a critical year; a year you will make consequential decisions; a year that will determine if you will continue to live in peace and prosperity or return to the dark and scary years of kidnapping, of violence, of politically motivated killings, the era when men played God and you were too scared to lift your voices or raise your hands to complain without being murdered or kidnapped.

“This year is a critical year, an election year that will determine if the Akwa Ibom story will continue to be written in glowingly terms or a return to the ugly and dark chapters when the resources of this land were used to build monuments of little consequence to your everyday lives, when applause meant more to them than a careful application of the enormous resources available then to secure the future of our children. This is the stark choice you have to make.

“I, therefore, urge you our dear Akwa Ibomites not to give in to lies of certain individuals who when they had the opportunity to establish industries in this state did nothing, but to erect white elephant projects and monuments.

“The same people who had promised you 31 industries in 31 local government areas but could not establish even a pure water making factory are back together, promising you heaven on earth. Do not believe them.

“Let me again pledge to you that I will continue to lead you according to the plans of the Almighty. I will continue to ensure you live in peace, our environment is safe and secure, you will not be killed, kidnapped, or intimidated or go to bed with one eye open because of fear of insecurity. I came here to serve you, and I will never sacrifice the collective interest of our people for selfish gains.”

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