The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said he has receive “insults” from the resistance in the state over the span of carrying out his responsibility as representative however won’t be threatened.
Emmanuel, in his Christmas Day announcement to the state, said “I have been insulted, called all manner of names,” apparently expressing his frustration on the rising opposition against his administration, as the 2019 governorship election in the state draws nearer.”
Emmanuel revealed he was not threatened, but rather was prepared to take the abuse on the grounds that, as per him, his organization appreciates the backing of the general population.
“I will not bend, I will not give in to blackmail, lies or attacks on my person or my administration,” he said. “I will not cut deals to sell our state to the highest bidder neither will I sacrifice the elements that define us as a people simply to further a political goal.”
Political tension on the governor increased tremendously since August this year when his antecedent & offended sponsor, Godswill Akpabio, moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio, a congressperson representing Akwa Ibom North-west District, used to be a mobilizing point for the PDP in the state & Emmanuel’s organization before his abandonment.
The congressperson has reunited with previous political adversaries in the state & is presently driving the fight to prevent Governor Emmanuel from been re-elected in the February poll.
Governor Emmanuel, a couple of days back, went under extreme tension when the Akwa Ibom government refused the APC & President Muhammadu Buhari the utilization of an arena in the state for the start-off of the gathering’s 2019 race battle this Friday.
The administration later turned around itself & give the consent for the utilization of the 30,000-limit Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The governor, in his Christmas announcement to the general population of the state, said he has done fine in his 1st term & in this manner, merited a 2nd term.
“You will agree with me, that the Akwa Ibom story requires bold new chapters and those chapters are what, together, with your support, we have written glowingly in the past three and half years. As they say, a great job done requires more job to be done!” he said.
The representative said his government has resuscitated education & helath area and furthermore increased power supply in the state, among different accomplishments.
He said his government has conveyed harmony & safety to the state which was famous in the past for abduction & uncertain killings.
“A few years ago, we lived in the inglorious world as captured by Thomas Hobbes – a society where life was nasty, brutish and short, you are all living witnesses to those dark years when our people were kidnapped, murdered or brutally killed for holding different political opinions.”
“You are all living witnesses to a sick and inglorious times when old men and women were not spared the horrors of politically motivated killings.”
He revealed that during his time as a senator, “no one has been kidnapped for political reasons, no one has been assassinated for holding a different political viewpoint; no one has been harassed for speaking his or her mind”.
“The same people who brought you those years of horror are back together and they have promised you and the entire world that they will unleash violence upon you in the fashion of Warsaw saw war.”
“As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace (Jesus Christ), may their plan to unleash violence on our peace-loving people never come to pass; may the peace and progress we currently enjoy continue to be our portion in Jesus name, and you my dear people say Amen!,” Governor Emmanuel stated.