By Udo INIODU
Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Akwa Ibom people to do everything within their powers to reelect Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019 as his commitment to developing Akwa Ibom State will take Akwa Ibomites to new levels of collective economic prosperity.
Chief Obasanjo who spoke at a Special Worship Service at the Qua Iboe church, 117 Ikot Ekpene Road Uyo to mark his visit to the state, said Akwa Ibom people should roundly reject the message of change being propagated by a few people in the State who were out to pursue selfish political agenda.
The former President said judging by results, Governor Udom Emmanuel’s effort has produced in major sectors of the Akwa Ibom State economy, there is need for Akwa Ibom people to insure their future and that of their children by massively supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel to continue as Governor in 2019.
Chief Obasanjo said “Children of God, we have a good product (Udom Emmanuel) and there is no need for change. He is a true child of God and he will fear not and will stand still, so please Akwa Ibom people continue to stand with him”
He said as someone who has served as a leader, he is impressed by the strong pillars of socio-economic development Governor Emmanuel has erected in the last three and a half years in Akwa Ibom State, stressing that the structures will build on those pillars to positively turnaround the fortunes of Akwa Ibom people.
Speaking earlier at the worship service, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel said vision for Akwa Ibom State is to place the state as a model in fast-paced development among the states in the nation, stressing that no amount of propaganda by the opposition will distract him from this patriotic task.
On the insinuations that he has been unfair to his predecessor, Senator Akpabio, Governor Emmanuel pointed out that his prayers has always been that God should give him the kind of successor he has been to Senator Akpabio.
The Church Service was attended by Prelate Sunday Mbang, Akwa Ibom First Lady, Deaconess Martha Emmanuel,The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo, Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, members of the State Executive Council as well as a crowd of worshippers