- Governor Udom Emmanuel has said 2023 is not his priority at the moment
- The governor said he is more focused on delivering the dividends on democracy and planning for the post-COVID-19 era
- The governor made the comment after being asked on his opinion on the issue of succession
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Governor Udom Emmanuel has again reiterated the fact that it is too early to discuss the issue of succession in Akwa Ibom state.
Governor Emmanuel said he is rather focused on his committed to working hard to uplift the living standards of the downtrodden and not the next election.
The governor made this known while fielding questions from a journalist who had sought his opinion on the issue of succession.
His words: “A good leader thinks of the next generation and not the next elections. As at today, no one has consulted me on his or her ambition.
“This, in all honesty, is not the time for such issue; we want to work and reposition this state for rapid economic growth.”
He continued: “I think it is very unfair on part of the electorate who just only last year, had elected us to various offices to work for them, for us to now begin to talk about the next elections.
“I have always said that power belongs to God and only He alone will determine who my successor would be.
“I have not anointed anyone to be my successor, so my advice to those who are angling for certain positions is that they should join us to put the building blocks of sustainable economic growth for our people and not cause unneeded and unhelpful distractions.”
The governor further stated that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the time for all patriotic sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom to come together and work with his government to reposition the state's economy
“It is too early in the day to begin to talk about 2023,” the governor concluded.
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Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently constituted a 20-man committee to consider the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the state's economy and prepare for the aftermath of the lockdown prompted by the viral disease.
Constitution of the committee was announced in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, dated Tuesday, April 28.
The team called Post Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee is expected to ensure Akwa Ibom remains economically strong after this period.
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