… Warns Detractors Against Blackmail, Says Udom’s Divine Mandate Will Run Eight Years
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Victor Antai has stated that he is not ready to contest any governorship elections against Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Mr. Antai made this known on Sunday when he hosted a cross section of political stakeholders and PDP executives of Mbo extraction at his residence.
“I don’t want to contest any governorship election against Udom Emmanuel, so those who are propagating my governorship, please I am not interested. Udom Emmanuel is the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and I am not ready to contest against my Governor and Boss.”
He stressed that the divine mandate given by entire Akwa Ibom people to Governor Udom Emmanuel will last for 8 years, as his predecessors did 8years each and warned those who see his rise political career as a threat and want to bring him down to stop blackmailing him.
“I want to make it clear, for those of you who see me as a threat and that the only way to bring me down is through blackmail, Udom Emmanuel is the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah did 8years, Sen. Godswill Akpabio did 8 years, therefore the divine mandate is for 8 years.”
He noted that the meeting was not a political campaign but to thank them for the support they gave to the Governor and PDP during the last general elections and urged them not lose hope as the Governor has the interest of Oro Nation at heart.
“I am here to thank you and all Mbo indigenes for supporting the Divine Mandate. Udom means well for the people of Mbo and the entire Oro Nation. Oro will produce a Governor at the right time. When it is time for Oro Nation to produce a Governor, nobody will struggle with Oro Nation; it will be given to us.”
He used the opportunity to donate cars to two loyal party faithful, a man and a woman.
Also speaking, the member representing Mbo State Constituency in the State Assembly, Hon Samuel Ufuo urged the stakeholders to see the meeting as an avenue to reunite the entire Mbo indigenes in order to chart a common course.
“Let us see this meeting as the reunification of Mbo. Elections has come and gone, let us come together and build Mbo. Where there is peace, there is development. We will have the Ibaka Deep Seaport by God’s grace because it was strategically situated in Mbo local government area.”
On his part, the State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Sir Michael Essang sued for peace in the area in order to attract government presence.
Other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting solicited for the people to continue in supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel for him to fulfill his campaign promises of industrializing the state.
Present during the include: Hon Nse Ekpenyong, member representing Oro Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Deputy State Chairman of PDP, Sir Michael Essang, former governorship aspirant in the state, Mr. Chris Abasieyo, Transition Chairman and members of the Transition Committee of Mbo local government, PDP Exco members and political stakeholders from the area.