Akwa Ibom Gov., Udom Emmanuel, holds out olive branch to political opponents

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

In a radio broadcast to celebrate Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment which held that he was validly elected governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, has asked the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state to join him in the task of bringing development to the state.

“I hereby call on our brothers and sisters from the other side of the political divide to close ranks and join me, in moving Akwa Ibom state to surpass superior performance and ensure development that is sustainable, impactful and expansive,” Mr. Emmanuel said in the radio broadcast which was aired immediately after the Supreme Court in Abuja delivered the judgment in his favour.

“We don’t have any other state to call ours except the great Akwa Abasi Ibom State,” Mr. Emmanuel said.

Governor Emmanuel added that, “The other side had a right to aspire to power, even though we don’t agree with their approach and mechanics.

“Politics should not be used as a wedge issue to divide brothers and sisters, politics should not be an instrument that creates disharmony among an otherwise homogenous people, and we should resist the impulse to stoke ethnic fire among otherwise happy brothers and sisters.

“As I have always stated: political foes of today may be political allies tomorrow. We should be guided by this ennobling ideal.”

The governor said every political contest must produce a winner and a loser.

But he said that in this case, the people of Akwa Ibom state won “because in their reasoning, their fortunes would be better enhanced with a PDP government continuing its solid dispensation of democratic dividends that had in the past eight and half years, had transformed our state to a destination of choice.”

Governor Emmanuel said he was committed to providing exemplary leadership that will inspire the people of Akwa Ibom to greatness.

He called on the people to remain law abiding and shun acts that could cause public disaffection.

The Supreme Court judgment reversed the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal which nullified the election of Mr. Emmanuel as governor.

The judgment of the apex court brought to an end the legal battle between Mr Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party and his opponent, Umana Okon Umana of the APC.

Watch Video of the celebration

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