A pro-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth group on the aegis of ‘Esit Eket Frontline Youth Leaders (EFYL),’ has said that shouts of jubilations erupted in Esit Eket Local Government Area on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, following the ruling of the Supreme Court which retained Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
The group said, though while members of the ruling (PDP) in the state were celebrating the victory and those of the All Progressive Congress (APC) wearing long faces of morose, it acknowledged the forthrightness and patriotism of the Justices of the Supreme Court in upholding the will of the people of the state.
EFYL in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Akan Etteudo and Imossam Okodi, said the Supreme Court has given hope to the hopeless despite threats by enemies of progress, adding that Governor Emmanuel’s victory is another sign that, after all said and done, the country’s judiciary is still the best and a victory for one is victory for all.
The statement further said supporters of Governor Emmanuel were seen in groups all over the Local Government Area hailing the verdict, stressing that “As future leaders and good ambassadors of Akwa Ibom State, we, the youths of Esit Eket, firmly believe in Nigeria’s judiciary anchored on transparency and equity.”
The youth group further commended the all-accommodating leadership style of Elder Benji Udobia; the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko, and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters, Aniefiok Iwaudofia, adding “We are confident them and we know they will continue to lead us well.”
EFYL noted that Governor Emmanuel was in the hands of the Supreme God particularly when the opposition candidate and his supporters were boasting of their grasp of the federal might.
“But the Supreme Court is not where anyone can be boasting of any might, especially when the Supreme God was in charged. We only relied on our Supreme God and He answered us and put to shame those who wanted to steal our mandate by force,” the statement stressed.