Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has said his government wrestled with principalities and powers in high places during the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Governor Emmanuel made the remark at the Victory Thanksgiving Service with the theme: The Danger of Ingratitude, organised by the Akwa Ibom state government at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday, March 29.
According to the governor, God has redeemed the soul of the state, adding that, no man shall be able to stop what God has in store for us.
He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s victory in the state represents a new dawn for Akwa Ibom, even as he thanked the party's leaders, members and supporters for their contribution to the PDP's victory.
It will be recalled that the PDP won all the 25 seats in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, 10 seats in the House of Representatives and the three senatorial seats in the state.
Governor Emmanuel said: “This battle wasn't about the flesh. We were not wrestling against the flesh but powers and principalities but God gave us victory.
“God used this victory to show that His redemption on the cross was not in vain. God used this victory to defend the church…his name.
“At a point, it seemed as if we were almost overwhelmed but God gave us victory. God used the Akwa-Ibom people to show his victory. I have never seen where the people showed love like they did for our government.
“Our pledge is that we will continue to serve you God almighty. Our pledge is that we will render selfless service to the good of Akwa Ibom people We will not place your interest above the interest of the common man.
“Every strength, might, wisdom, power that God has given us, we will deploy them to work for the state. I want to thank God for not putting us to shame.”
Earlier, he guest preacher and founder and President of the Living Faith Church worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, said God saved the state from being consumed by the plans of evil people.
“If you don't regard or acknowledge the grace of God, you will end up in disgrace. That is why the governor has come to acknowledge God for his victory,” he stated.
He declared that Akwa-Ibom state had become new and a state of peace and prosperity.
There were also goodwill messages from the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Victor Oba and the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Hon. Oniefok Luke.
Meanwhile, a sociopolitical organization based in Akwa Ibom state, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), has stated that the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state was not prepared for elections but instead depended on federal might to muscle their way into power.
The group was responding to the Akwa Ibom APC chairman's call for relocation of the state elections tribunal from Uyo to Abuja.
The leader of AILM, Prince Emmanuel Sam, said APC lacks moral justification to point fingers at any person or organization, stressing that few honest members of the party have admitted honourably that their party did not prepare for the election.
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