THE serene environment of Eket was over the weekend ignited with frenzy when members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and their supporters in their thousands converged to celebrate the outstanding performances of Governor Udom Emmanuel in barely seven months in office.
The event which was a reception in honour of Governor Emmanuel by Eket senatorial district people, coincided with the annual youth day carnival of the district.
Leaders of the district, amidst colourful traditional dance troupes, women groups, eminent youths, the royal fathers and entertainment professionals used the occasion to express their admiration and support for the governor for the impact of his administration in past seven months.
Nduese Essien, chairman on the occasion and leader of Eket senatorial district, set the tone when he said the people were proud of the achievements and excellent manner their son was piloting the affairs of the state, despite the economic realities.
Essien thanked the entire state for the support, and maintained that no matter the discordant tunes from few self-seeking politicians, no one could stop Akwa Ibom people from queuing behind the governor at all times. the Niger Delta Development Commission,
The former lawmaker used the opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow an indigene of the state to complete the four-year tenure allotted by the statutes of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, saying such injustice was not acceptable in a state which accounts for the highest revenue accrued to the country from oil exploration and exploitation.
On his part, Idongesit Nkanga, a retired air commodore and former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, frowned at the Appeal Court judgement which recently nullified the election of Emmanuel saying it was at variance with the will of the people of the state.
He said that after the political judgement one should expect Divine judgement, and that the Divine judgement would only favour the Governor Emmanuel because he has the Divine mandate in line with justice and equity.
Onofiok Luke, speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, dismissed any threat to the governorship seat being occupied by Emmanuel, and said that Uyo and Ikot Ekpene would support him to serve the state for eight years.
Luke maintained that justice could not be overlooked for a zone that had never occupied the office of chief executive of the state previously, especially when that zone produces the bulk of resources used in developing the country and the state.
Responding, Governor Emmanuel commended the people of the state for their support and solidarity to his leadership and promised to continue providing empowerment opportunities for the people.
While thanking the Eket senatorial district for the reception in his honour, the governor warned that the peaceful disposition of the Akwa Ibom people should not be misinterpreted by other Nigerians who were meddling into the affairs for selfish gains, and also made a case for the reappointment of an Akwa Ibom indigene as managing director of the NDDC.
— Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT