The Oku Ibom Ibibio and the paramount ruler of Nsit UbiumLGA, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk, has described the seasoned entrepreneur and leading Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) gubernatorial aspirant, Pastor Umo Eno, as one of the best materials to come out of Ibibio land.
Speaking during a consultation visit to Ifim Ibom Ibibio by the 2023 Campaign Organization of Pastor Umo Eno, Ntenyin Etuksaid power belongs to God and admonished the aspirant not to neglect the traditional institution.
The revered monarch charged Pastor Eno to treat the youth with dignity and ensure that their welfare is well taken care of, expressing confidence in the capacity of the aspirant to take the state to great height.
He charged him to govern the state with the fear of God when he emerges as governor and also ensure the sustenance of the existing peace in the state as a man with the fear of God.
On his part, the chairman of Ifim Ibom Ibibio and the paramount ruler of Ibiono Ibom, Edidem Ime Udousoro Inyang,said they represent the interest of the people and support the government in power.
The royal father noted that the body is opened to other aspirants for consultation where they will also listen to them and take them by their words.
He prayed God to bless the aspirant and also guide him through a successful consultation and charged him to go about his endeavour peacefully and with respect.
In his response, the frontline aspirant assured the traditional rulers of improved welfare when he emerges as governor in 2023.
The governorship hopeful who noted that the visit was a mark of honour and respect to the royal fathers to solicit their blessings for a successful outing, described Ifim Ibom Ibibio as the “real custodian of peace at the grassroots.”
He recalled the era of lawlessness in the state where even the palace of a paramount ruler and churches were desecrated, promising to build on the existing peace and security in the state if elected.
Pastor Eno vowed to improve on what Governor Emmanuel has done for the traditional institution in the state and also promised to give them the honour and respect they truly deserve, promising to always consult with the royal fathers on major policies and programmes of government.
He assured the monarchs that he will provide basic social amenities in the grassroots and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths of the state which according to him, would take them out of the streets and give them a meaningful life.
“I have been supporting youths in my own way over the years and I am very passionate about giving them the tools to stand on their own and live better lives.
“Though some people blackmailed me that I deduct tithes from my staff salaries, I can challenge anyone to come out and testify and give evidence that this happened because we have their pay slips and I have never deducted tithe from my staff salary,” he declared.
He noted that he is an entrepreneur who knows how to make money, doing business and have also achieved a lot and contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the state by creating jobs for Akwa Ibom youths as a private individual without government appointment or resource.
“I’ll not disappoint Ibibio. I’ll support Ifim Ibom Ibibio and the Traditional Rulers Council and give them their pride of place,” Pastor Umo Eno assured.
The director general of campaign, Amb Assam Assam, SAN in his remark expressed gratitude to the leadership of Ifim Ibom Ibibio whom he described as the custodians of the norms and values of Ibibio people for receiving the team.
He said the visit was to give respect and honour the body deserves and also solicit their support for the governorship aspiration of Pastor Umo Eno.
On his part, the national chairman of Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, commended the traditional rulers for supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel to sustain the peace and tranquility in Akwa Ibom State by maintaining peace in their different domains.
He described the aspirant as a man of impeccable character and a successful businessman who will perpetuate, sustain and promote peace and prosperity in the state.
Similarly, the political leader of Uyo Senatorial District, Senator Effiong Bob, assured the body that the aspirant would not disappoint them and Akwa Ibom people, stating that he is credible, trustworthy and available to serve the state effectively when elected governor of the state.