Ahead of the 2015 polls, the Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, and three commissioners on Monday tendered their resignations to Governor Godswilll Akpabio.
The three commissioners are Ekpenyong Ntekim, attorney general and commissioner for justice; Ita Udo, commissioner for culture and tourism; and Iboro Ekanem, commissioner for science and technology.
While receiving the letters at the Executive Council chamber of the Governor’s Office, Uyo, Mr. Akpabio commended them for the services they rendered to the people of the state, stressing
that they had also contributed immensely to the success of his administration.
Mr. Akpabio said his administration was able to manage the state’s resources because of the support he received from members of the state executive council. He said the next administration would need to build on the foundation he already laid.
The governor tasked whoever emerges as governor to build industries, initiate new projects, create jobs and establish a strong financial management system for the state.
He called on the remaining members of the executive council to support the political ambitions of those who had just resigned.
Mr. Akpabio challenged the immediate past executive members who were willing to contest for the governorship of the state to work in harmony to produce the next governor.
He expressed delight that the three PDP governorship aspirants, who just vacated their positions in the state executive council, were from Eket senatorial district and advised them to come together and agree on the various political offices they want.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel said he had acquired fresh knowledge during his tenure as the SSG and described Mr. Akpabio as his mentor, trainer and a God-fearing man.
The former SSG said he drew inspiration to contest the governorship from the governor’s leadership style, adding that if elected, he would consolidate on the gains of the present administration.
On his part, Mr. Ntekim said his service to the judiciary and to the entire state was a wonderful experience. He said what Mr. Akpabio has done in the state can never be forgotten.
The former attorney general lauded Mr. Akpabio for restoring the dignity of the state and promised to continually pray for the success of the administration.
Mr. Ntekim formally announced that he was interested in taking over from Mr. Akpabio and called for the support of all Akwa Ibom people.
Similarly, Mr. Udoh said he was going to vie for the governorship of the state in order to sustain the tempo of development attained by Mr. Akpabio.
The former culture and tourism commissioner said the only way for the state to attain sustainable development is for those who share Mr. Akpabio’s vision to take over the government in 2015.
The former commissioner for science and technology, Mr. Ekanem, thanked Mr. Akpabio for the opportunity given him to serve the state.
He said he resigned from the cabinet to further his ambition to represent the people of Ikono and Ini in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, Mr. Akpabio has accepted the resignation letters of about five of his personal aides who have left to contest for various political positions in 2015.
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