Governor Udom Emmanuel, yesterday, called on the people of Akwa Ibom to adopt a holistic action plan against former governor, Godswill Akpabio’s planned takeover of Akwa Ibom State with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor, who made the call in Uyo, while declaring his intention to run for second term in office, assured that the migration of his former boss to the ruling APC would not stop his re-election.
He said that he would work with the people to continue with his superior’s performance during his second term.
“No man is God,” he stressed. “I submit myself for consideration to continue with the good work that I have started and I seek your support for my candidature as governor for second term.”
He announced his ambition amid a mammoth crowd at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium – Nest of Champions.
He listed industrialisation as the major plank of his achievements in the last three years, pointing out that the conglomeration of industrial cluster including toothpick, pencil, syringe, electric metres, coconut factory, peacock paint, fertilizer firms and several kilometre of roads, would recommend him for re-election.
The Akpabio administration, he noted, left behind some uncompleted projects including the Sheraton by Four Points Hotel at Ikot Ekpene and the Uyo – Ikot Ekpene road, saying his administration has been working hard to ensure the completion of those legacy projects of the immediate past era.
“Who said they had completed the Sheraton by Four Points Hotel?” he asked. “It is only today that we are negotiating with Starwood Group for the retainer of the name, which some surreptitiously put up on a building.’’
He therefore, enjoined the people to rally round him in his quest to sustain the tempo of good governance he enunciated in his first term in 2015.