Twenty-six members of the Akwa Ibom House of Assemblyhave thrown their weight behind Pastor Umo Eno, a frontline governorship aspirant for the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The lawmakers made the unanimous decision recently, when they played host to the governorship hopeful and his campaign at the speaker’s lodge, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.
Speaking at the event, the speaker of the House, Mr AniekanBassey, pointed out that members of the House had since resolved to support the succession plan of Governor Udom Emmanuel, describing Pastor Eno as a skilled entrepreneur who will foster development in the state if elected.
The speaker said Pastor Eno as an individual has created massive employment for youths in the state, and opined he will consolidate on Governor Emmanuel’s industrialisation and entrepreneurial drive when elected.
“Over the years, he has contributed immensely to the state by creating jobs for the youths. He is also one of the successful businessmen in the state, despite being a son of a nobody.
“Eno is a motivation to the younger generation. On my own, I endorse his governorship aspiration based on his capacity and competence. I also appeal to my colleagues to support him”, he said.
He urged Akwa Ibom people to eschew negative sentiments and assess Pastor Eno based on intellectual capacity and competence to lead the state.
“People should assess the governorship aspirant based on his capacity and competency and not because he was anointed by the state governor.
“People will always obtain favour from the authorities, there are most of us who can testify to this fact. But most importantly, we should focus on the aspirant’s intellectual capacity and wealth of knowledge that will be of benefit to the state”, the speaker added.
Earlier, the director-general, Umo Eno Governorship Campaign Organisation, Ambassador Assam Assam, said the essence of the visit was to seek the endorsement of the lawmakers, assuring that Pastor Eno will not disappoint Akwa Ibom people if given a chance.
On his part, the governorship aspirant and commissioner for lands and water resources, Pastor Umo Eno, said if elected, he will ensure rural development and also boost industrialization in the state.
He described the 7th Assembly as the most peaceful in the history of the state and vowed to build what he called a befitting speaker’s lodge when he assumes office as governor.
Others who spoke during the visit included the leader of the House, Mr Udo Kierian Akpan; national coordinator of the Maintain Peace Movement, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem; and Senator Effiong Bob.
The event was graced by 26 members of the House, including the member representing Mbo State Constituency, Mr Effiong Johnson.