- Local government elections were held in Akwa Ibom state on Saturday, October 31
- Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Martha, participated in the exercise
- The governor expressed hope that the election will change the face of the third tier of government in Akwa Ibom state
Governor Udom Emmanuel on Saturday, October 31 commended the orderly and peaceful manner in which local government elections were conducted across Akwa Ibom state.
An excited Governor Emmanuel expressed optimism that the success of the exercise would strengthen Akwa Ibom people's confidence in the third tier of government.
He made the comments shortly after casting his vote at Awa Iman ward 1, Unit 2 at Onna local government area.
According to him, the local government is significant, as it is the first elective to elective transition in the third tier of government in Akwa Ibom state since the country embraced democracy in 1999.
He told journalists at his polling unit:
“I have confidence in the local government system much more than before, you see this is the most peaceful elected to elected transition in the local government system.’’
He commended the election umpire, Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission, AKISIEC, for their preparedness and high standards maintained in the conduct of the exercise, urging them to sustain the tempo.
“I think this is one of the most peaceful local government elections we've ever had. I drove all the way from Uyo down here and tried to monitor situations on my way. It's been quite peaceful. I like the orderliness, the peaceful conduct of the elections.
“I'm also impressed with the preparedness of AKISIEC, the quality of materials, the conduct, the training are of a very high standard, even the transparency of the process, I think it's commendable.’’
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Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom government has indicated its readiness to collaborate with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the areas of aviation, tourism, agriculture, and industrial estate for the development of the state.
This was highlighted when Governor Emmanuel had discussions with the high commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Mr Wendell Vincent Carlton De Landro.
Governor Emmanuel pointed out that his administration has repositioned the state for such collaboration.
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