A socio-cultural organization in Akwa Ibom State, the Ukai of Ibibio nation has admonished Governor Udom Emmanuel against adopting a ‘winner takes it all’ brand of government.
The group, therefore, urged Emmanuel, who has been reelected for a second term in office, to be magnanimous in victory by co-opting his opponents in other political parties in his government.
Leader of the organization, Mr. Udeme Ukai who made the suggestion in a press briefing in Uyo on Friday, said a government of unity will help guarantee the growth and development of Akwa Ibom state.
Ukai said the move would also stave off post -election tension, acrimony and foster peace in the polity as a panacea for all-round development for the state and Ibibio nation in particular.
“Now that the election is over, we call on Governor Udom Emmanuel to please lead the State as the governor of Akwa Ibom State and not the governor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the group’s leader said.
The group also admonished Emmanuel not to sectionalize his industralisation and other developmental projects, but to spread it across the three senatorial districts in the state for the purpose of peace and inclusion.
“To achieve the much talked about unity in Akwa state, we also lent our voices on his Excellency to spread his industralisation and other developmental projects across the three senatorial districts, moreover, the three ethnic groups in the state”.
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Ukai of Ibiobio Nation thanked her patriarch, Ntisong Ibiobio III, Obong(Dr) Essien Ekidem for working hard to ensure that the zoning formula of governorship seat, among the three ethnic groups (Ibiobio, Annang and Oron ) in the state is observed.
“We thank Ntisong Ibiobio III, Obong (Dr) Essien Ekidem, our patriarch in the Ibiobio race, for working tirelessly with other ethnic groups to sustain the political tempo of unity between the Ibiobio, Annang and Oron through an agreed zoning of the gubernatorial seat of the state”.
He commended the governor elect for constructing their headquarter as well as showing respect to the stool of Ntisong and Oku Ibiobio.
“We thank the Governor for the construction of a magnificent building structure in Asan for the Ibiobios. We also commend him for the show of respect to the stool of the Ntisong and Oku Ibiobio. ”
The group also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Udom Emmanuel or their re-election into office as well as all the Federal and State lawmakers elect.