- Governor Udom Emmanuel's re-election as governor of Akwa Ibom state continues to generate reactions
- The governor's victory was announced by INEC on Saturday, March 9 after winning 30 out of 31 local government areas in the state
- The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement has congratulated Governor Emmanuel over his landslide victory
A pressure group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, has congratulated Governor Udom Emmanuel on his re-election as governor of the state.
Governor Emmanuel won 30 out of the 31 local government areas in the state and was subsequently declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The group described the victory of the governor as a triumph of people's will against tyranny and charged the governor to reciprocate the gesture with more life-touching projects.
Speaking in Uyo after the announcement of the result, the leader of the movement, Prince Emmanuel Sam, recalled how the long road to liberation has been fraught with many challenges.
His words: “We must also appreciate the impartial conduct of personnel of the Department of State Services, DSS, during the election. This agency stood out among all the security agencies who participated in the elections.
“We cannot forget the enormous contributions of honest and sincere staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the state who ensured very vote counted. Particularly, we appreciate the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini for his stand. We are glad that in the midst corruption, some persons still maintain their integrity. INEC would be better if the have more of Iginis in the commission.
“We congratulate Governor Udom Emmanuel for this uncommon victory. Thank you for being that Moses that is taking Akwa Ibom people out of bondage. Thank you for breaking jinx that no Onna man had ever gone for second term as governor.
“While the people of the state still bask in the euphoria of celebration, we urge Governor Udom Emmanuel to deliver on the mandate given him by Akwa Ibom people.
“A time has come for the governor to reciprocate the sacrifice and exhibited by Akwa Ibom people to vote him into power, by engaging in more life-touching projects.”
Prince Sam also recalled the sacrifices himself and his group made for the political survival for Akwa Ibom state.
“Gentlemen, it may please you to know that I and others started this struggle since 2010. I have denied myself life's frenzies. Several times, hired assassins were sent to exterminate me and members of my family. My rights have been denied, friends who never believed in this struggle have deserted me.
“I cannot forget those who died in the process of this struggle, my friends who lost their parents and my fellow journeymen who survived bullet wounds. My God comfort them all,” he said.
He also congratulated all Akwa Ibomites at home and abroad, “for standing fame and ensuring the total freedom of our dear state.”
Meanwhile, Governor Benedict Ayade of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been re-elected as governor of Cross River for the next four years.
Announcing the result on Sunday, March 10 in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, the state returning officer, Professor Akim Ibhadode said, Ayade won the election with 381,484 votes.
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