Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has denied ever plotting a third term in office through a surrogate.
In a broadcast on Sunday in monitored by our correspondent, the governor vows never to allow any cultist take over the reins of governance from him in 2023.
According to him: “for peace to reign and for Christ to have control, I am not interested in third term through a surrogate. The only thing you can help me do is to ensure that no cultist is allowed to emerge governor of the state.
some council areas are highly volatile so if they nominate a cultist, we would not permit such. Any cultist arrested would not be released,” the governor said.
According to Emmanuel, “the only way to ensure peace is to make a way to eradicate cultism. If you want to ensure peace, we look up to God, then we embrace peace. Some cult groups are clashing in some parts of the state and we have tried to make sure we crush them.
“We will stop at nothing in ensuring we crush them. It is not our intention to deploy soldiers to volatile areas and you are forcing us to do so. please let parents talk to their children, they gain nothing from cultism. It can’t be because of one man the whole village would run away. It is time to go their right way. Most armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists. We will crush them,” the governor said while explaining why he is opening up more internal roads in Akwa Ibom state.
He admited that the lock down caused by COVID-19 has affected the completion time of the road projects he embarked but stated emphatically that they will be completed in good time as government and governance is a continuum.
The governor maintained that the intervention of his administration in every sector of the state is wholesome, assuring that all issues of pensions and gratuities will surely be given the rapid attention they are presently receiving