Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Special Assistant on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso has called on APC leaders and Akwa Ibom stakeholders at various levels to quit fighting over 2023 gubernatorial ambitions but rather channel such strength towards developing the state through their positions.
Speaking during a live programme titled “Akwa Ibom Calling” on AKBC TV, the aide to the governor said it was rather too early to see media reports of APC leaders bickering over who should be the party leader and possibly select the party’s candidates in the next elections.
” It is disappointing fighting on who should take over, and who should be the leader of APC in the state.
“Nobody will ask you about your influence if you can’t bring a federal institution, project and opportunities to the State.
” Ministers, Board members, representing us at the national level should make hay while the sun shines and bring developmental projects into the state rather than fight for leadership positions during stakeholders meetings.”
He recalled that Governor Emmanuel during the Commissioning of Uyo Local Government administrative building said that people should worry less and allow God choose who will succeed him in the next two years.
Ndueso said it was rather sad that only in Akwa Ibom state, are negative stories sponsored by a opposition leaders to de-market the state, to score cheap political points.
“Check through the media, nowhere would you see a predecessor, engaging his successor in a sponsored media launch, aimed at discrediting his accomplishments in the state.”
“Elsewhere, everyone collaborates to bring developments, and when the time for politics come, they return to their respective parties. In Akwa Ibom, you have people payrolled by some attention seeking opposition elements, to constantly insult the incumbent Governor and all his achievements, and this is very saddening”
He further explained that Governor Emmanuel is concerned about quality education and providing adequate facilities which is the reason the state government has prohibited the use of school environment for social and religious activities during weekdays.
Ndueso maintained that Governor Emmanuel in his wisdom recently directed that new facilities and renovations be put in place in schools across the state.
“We tend to overlook excesses, classes are for students to learn but some people convert it to church, traditional marriages venues and burials grounds , meeting places during school hours which can affect the students psychologically.”
“Beyond that they could destroy facilities which government is currently putting in place.”
Mr Ndueso expressed displeasure at the reported skirmishes in some parts of the state, stating that Governor Emmanuel has stated clearly his zero tolerance for insecurity and wants peace sustained in the state.
He lauded Governor Emmanuel for his deliberate and consistent efforts in construction of roads especially in the hinter lands of the state so as to connect to modern roads.
He recounted that this time last year, Akwa Ibom had her first 5 index cases of COVID-19 pandemic but was able to contain the virus spread because of adequate health care facilities put on place through the vision of the Governor of the state.
“People made projections that Akwa Ibom people will be wiped because we started with 5 cases while others had one. However, our state was prepared for medical emergency not epic center as people from other states craved to be in Akwa Ibom because of the quality medical facilities.