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Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, has described the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel at the Appeal Court in Calabar as “well-deserved for democracy and the people of the state.”


A congratulatory statement signed by the Speaker and made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Mr. Darlington Udobong, said the Appeal Court verdict has put paid to the many lies of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state and also confirms the conviction of the people of Akwa Ibom State that “Udom Emmanuel is the people’s choice for the peace, development and progress of the state.”


According to the statement, the Appeal Court sitting in Calabar had on Wednesday upheld the electoral victory of Udom Emmanuel as Governor and winner of the 2019 Governorship Election, declaring that the appeal by the APC and its candidate, Mr. Nsima Ekere, challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacked merit.


Rt. Hon. Bassey said “the resounding victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel has sustained the hope and goodwill of the people. The outcome of this victory will enhance a better governed Akwa Ibom State that everyone will be proud of.”


“The victory is for the people of Akwa Ibom State who are enjoying the infrastructural renaissance and good governance brought about by Governor Udom Emmanuel. I congratulate His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel and the entire leadership of PDP for this victory,” the statement stated.


The Speaker urged the APC and its candidate to accept the Appeal Court ruling in good faith and support the government of Udom Emmanuel and also stressed that “the interest of the state is paramount in the heart of all.”

“As we celebrate our amiable Governor’s victory, I sincerely appeal to him to see himself as a man of destiny. God gives power to whoever he wishes and God has given the leadership of Akwa Ibom State to Governor Udom Emmanuel. He should remain focus and deliver on the dividends of democracy to the people of Akwa Ibom State,” the statement maintained.


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