Senator Godswill Akpabio, yesterday apologised to the people of Akwa Ibom State for imposing on them incumbent governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, as his successor in 2015.
Akpabio had in the run up to the 2015 polls, waved all odds and declared Udom, then Secretary to the State Government (SSG), as the next in line to succeed him, even when no fewer than 23 aspirants jostled for the state’s top job.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, who turned out in droves to welcome him at the Ikot Ekpene plaza, upon his arrival from Enugu, where he attended the funeral rites at his in-laws home, Akpabio described Udom as mistake he made in a hurry.
“Udom is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019”, he told the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, whom he currently represents at the Senate.
According to Akpabio, “All hands must be on the deck to ensure the mistake is corrected for a people oriented leadership is enthroned under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), at the centre.
“I want to thank you for defying the rain to honour me as your leader and troop out in this multitude even at short notice. It goes to show the level of love and confidence you have in me your leader, and I promise to also reward you for your time and energy in this all important project,” Akpabio said.
According to the former Senate Minority Leader, the administration of gGovernor Emmanuel has failed the people, forcing him to take a decisive steps to immediately correct the anomaly “so that posterity would be fair to me”.
He spoke of the prevalence of hunger and deprivation in Akwa Ibom since the administration took seat on May 29, 2015, saying it was time for a holistic action to liberate the state for the shackles of misgovernance in the last three years.
The state, he pointed out, should never be allowed to wallow as a ship without shepherd, adding that this informed his immediate intervention in order to key the state back into the central politics where the state as the major revenue earner would have a fair share of the national cake.
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