Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital, was on Friday agog when a mammoth crowd of more than 10,000 youths drawn from the 12 Local Government Areas of Eket Senatorial District, marched to the Hilltop Mansion, for a solidarity visit to Governor Udom Emmanuel
The youths who chanted in support of the Governor as the marched around the streets of Uyo, lauded him for a superlative performance particularly in the senatorial district and the state at large.
Led by the Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Victor Antai, the crowd marched from the Ibom Unity Park, Udo Udoma Avenue to the Government House, Wellington Bassey Way, to pledge their support for the Governor come 2019 and beyond.
Governor Emmanuel who was pleasantly surprised by the show of love reminded the people of his promise to bring development from the development had to start from the shoreline and hinterland to the city centers.
The Governor who assured that work was advancing on the proposed deep seaport project in the state explained that he purposely refused to give much publicity to the progress of work on the project and several other ongoing projects.
“There are projects we are doing which cannot be completed in 2-3years , I heard people talking about the deep seaport, I purposely removed Ibaka from the internet.”
He said, “before now, when we enter meetings, when you read it on the internet, the next day the saboteurs will put something else in the newspapers to make sure the seaport doesn’t work.”
He reiterated his desire to complete the ongoing seaport project and the international Jetty project in Ikot Abasi among other projects which are geared towards making a statement that the district produces the resources sustaining the nation’s economy.
Governor Emmanuel noted that Eket Senatorial District is a huge blessing to the country as the oil that Nigeria is feeding from comes from the district.
The Governor also informed the people of the ongoing dualisation of the road linking the Akwa Ibom International Airport with Oron and the East-West road for easier access to the airport for Eket Senatorial district air travellers.
Earlier while describing him as ‘Amazing Udom Emmanuel’ and the talk-and-do Governor, Rt. Hon. Antai quoted Holy scriptures and charged the Governor to “Fear not for I am with you. Eket Senatorial District youths have asked me to tell you that you are the lion of the tribe of Eket Senatorial District and we are your warriors.
“We are soaring with you come 2019. There is no vacancy in the Hilltop Mansion that is why the people of Eket Senatorial District have journeyed since morning to show you solidarity, to tell you ‘be strong, you are our own.
“Uyo governed for eight years, so did Ikot Ekpene. They did not share it. This is our turn and we are not going to share it and you and you alone shall govern for eight years.
“We will lead to war come 2019 and you are going to be our general. On that note, the youths of Eket Senatorial District asked me to present a gift, a symbol to be strong and of good courage.”
According to Antai who is the convener of the exercise, the Eket Senatorial District Youths are satisfied with the outstanding performance of the Governor in just two and a half years in office and are out to tell him thank you for being a good leader.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Member representing Onna in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Otuekong Nse Essien; PDP Chairmanship candidate for Eket Local Government, Hon. Frank Archibong; and the Eket Local Government Transition Chairman, Princess Abigail Edohoket, and he Chairman of the State Youth Council, Comrade Emem Daniel, thanked the Governor for taking Akwa Ibom from a civil service state to an industrial state.
“You promised to build roads and that is what you are doing, we are going to make the people of Nigeria know that Akwa Ibom State is PDP. What you are seeing here is a testament of what you are doing in the state. This march started in 2015 and will continue in 2023. You have made us proud.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Eket Senatorial District, Senatorial Chairman, Mfon Nkanteen stated that Governor Emmanuel has exceeded their expectation.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of a ceremonial sword to the Governor by the youths, symbolizing strength and courage for the governor ahead of his re-election.
Those who accompanied the Governor to receive the crowd were Secretary to the State to the State Government (SSG), Sir Etekamba Umoren; Commissioners for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang; Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh; and Transport and Mineral Resources, Orman Esin, and aides of the governor from the Senatorial district, led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong.