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Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel has expressed delight over the verdict of the governorship election tribunal which reaffirmed his election.
The verdict was given by a three-member tribunal in Uyo, upholding the reelection of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, ruling that the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere, lacked merit.
The governor who expressed his appreciation through the state broadcast over the outcome of the case promised not to take the support of the people for granted.
“It was deeply heartening seeing thousands spontaneously marching along major streets, thanking God for our victory at the tribunal. I will never take this support for granted and I pledge to you again, to do all I can to deepen this confidence you have shown me.
“My dear compatriots, this broadcast is not the usual broadcast that is tinged with political bromides. This broadcast rather is to engender a new conversation on who we are and why we must defend and protect the core elements that shape our collective identity.”
Emmanuel who had debunked speculation that he would impose a candidate on the state in 2023 urged them to shun all divisive tendencies, promising to be a servant-leader to the electorates.
Let us collectively shun all divisive tendencies and tell the world that, in the words of John F. Kennedy, we can “resolve to be masters not the victims of history, controlling our destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
“On my own part, I will continue to be your Servant-Leader. I will continue to lead this State with the fear of God and with the over-arching interest of our people, their growth, peaceful co-existence and development as the guiding principles,” he said.
He urged oppositions to respect their common value even though there might be disagreement on certain issues among the political class.
“Let us begin to respect our common values and even when we disagree with our leaders or among ourselves, such should be done with civility and mutual respect, knowing that what binds us together is more enduring than the temporary impulse of partisan politics.”