By Usiere Akpan
Gov Udom Emmanuel has called for the strengthening of the cord of unity among the people of Akwa Ibom.
Emmanuel made the call in a statewide broadcast tagged,“Akwa Ibom Is Rising,” to mark the 7th anniversary of his administration which took place at Government House, Uyo, Sunday.
The governor said, “As the political season dawns on us, I wish to urge our political stakeholders and our youths not to poison the waters of our unity with toxic political rhetoric or to engage in violence, stressing, “I’ll never be tired of repeating this line that politics will come and politics will go, but the soul and the essence of the Akwa Ibom enterprise will remain an abiding spirit and letter of our collective engagements”.
He stated that in any political contest it is expected of the winner to reach out and embrace the side that did not win and may have been aggrieved with the outcome especially, in the recently conducted primaries, urging the people of Akwa Ibom to line up behind the people who have been nominated to continue pushing the levers of development in the state.
Emmanuel reiterated that “Akwa Ibom has been an oasis of peace and tranquility, the fundamentals of growth are rock-solid, all over the nation, and people are wondering how we’re able to achieve such spectacular successes across sectors, stressing, “When the passion is right, great things can and will happen, which is why we’re determined to ensure that it will and shall be always forward ever, backward never!
The governor prayed that the “collective belief that the good Lord who has led us this far, is faithful enough to complete and perfect that which He started seven years ago, as the number ‘7’ stands for Godly perfection,” imploring every person in Akwa Ibom to continuously contribute positively to the development, upliftment and look forward to a brighter tomorrow.