AKWA Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has reiterated that, despite the Appeal Court judgment that annulled his victory at the poll, there was no vacancy at the Hilltop Mansion, stressing that his mandate represents unity, justice and equity in the political arrangement of the state.
Again, he said, in spite of the campaigns of calumny being carried out by the opposition party in the state, he still has full confidence to triumph at the Supreme Court.
He spoke at the weekend during a mega rally held by the people of the Eket Senatorial District at Eket Township stadium.
According to the governor, the people were election-weary and were anxiously yearning for the development and industrialisation of the state.
“Let the whole country help us. I am tired of election. We cannot do election for two years in the state. We don’t want election again. Let the whole world bear me witness. Let Nigerians bear me witness.
“Nigerians should help tell the distractors that we want to develop our state, create wealth. We don’t want distraction. All the major oil-producing companies are in Eket Senatorial District of the state.
“Let us allow peace to reign in Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta and the country,” Emmanuel urged.
He contended that the mandate to govern was given to him as a son of the district which had never produced a governor since the creation of the state 28 years ago despite the fact that it is the food basket of the state and nation.
“Eket Senatorial District had never produced a governor in the state, that was why we secured the mandate from the 10 federal constituencies of the state to produce the governor. That is why the people said let those that produce the wealth of the state and nation produce the governor.
Emmanuel condemned the numerous petitions allegedly filed against his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
He also queried the recent removal of Dan Abia, an indigene of the state, as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh and Ayoyinka Jegede