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Ibom Watch Leaders Advocacy For Eno/Emmanuel Feud Unhealthy For A’Ibom – Clergy

Amid criticism of the recent London investment trip by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno in which the immediate past governor,  Udom Emmanuel was deeply involved, Rev. Richard Peters has said those who are clamouring for feud between the two leaders of the state never wish the state well.

Ibom Watch leaders led by Mr Thomas Nse Okon during a discussion on the recent investment drive that took the governor to London in a private radio station in Uyo monitored by our Correspondent on Monday described the presence of the former governor who gave a keynote address at the event as an indication that the incumbent governor is still tied at his apron string.

They alleged that the former governor is doing a third term in office using the incumbent as surrogate urging governor Umo Eno to own up his administration completely by distancing himself from his predecessor..

Earlier a former governorship candidate of Action Alliance Mr Iboro Otu in the last election in the state had on his social media page dismissed the London trip as a mere jamboree stressing that ex governor Emmanuel who as governor attended the event twice achieved nothing while advising governor Eno to shun the guidance of the former governor.

However, addressing the mounting criticisms during the phone in program, Revd Richard Peters, a priest of the African Church and good governance advocate urged Akwa ibom people to pray for their leaders rather than advocating for feud or divisiveness

According to him, “The people will be the biggest losers when such negative thoughts succeed as there will be unnecessary distraction which may halt the ongoing progress, peace and development currently undertaken by the incumbent administration. Detractors will cash out while development will take back stage while it lasts”

“There must be synergy and coordination between the immediate past governor and his successor because government is continua and there must be information flow to guide the incumbent, who publicly asked for periodic assistance from the outgone governor during the official handing over ceremony” he added.

Revd Peters highlighted that the task of governing a state as complex as Akwa ibom is enermous and challenging and demands wise counseling and guidance from those who have been on the hot seat before now.

He averred, “Governor Umo Eno did not come to government to waste time and resources of the state on trivialities and unnecessary distraction, he started by declaring continuous peace on the land, extend olive branch to political opponents, declare political inclusion of everyone in his administration beyond partisan politics and visited the president Bola Ahmed Tinubu’. In the same vein, he visited Senate president Chief Godswill Akpabio moments after his emergence as Senate President and has been working with him for the progress of the state even when they belong to rival political parties”.

The Clergy recalled that the governor has also maintained close links with former governor Victor Attah and has encouraged Akwa ibom people to put the interest of state ahead of every personal and pecuniary benefits to secure a better future for coming generation of Akwa ibom people. I have it on good authority too that he has concluded plans to form a forum for past governors of the state which will operate on advisory capacity for the incumbent governor*.

Revd Peters further berated critics of the former governor Udom Emmanuel stressing that they are merely demonizing a great leader, he added ” Udom Emmanuel inherited a distressed state then afflicted by insecurity and stabilized it and we enjoyed eight years of peace and security, he piloted the affairs of the state during the worst economic challenges with two recessions in the country without owing salaries for a month. He did legacy projects, tolerated opposing views and never allowed unnecessary distraction derailed his vision for Akwa ibom state ”

” A man in the mould of Udom Emmanuel should be celebrated, every good and result oriented leader should identify with him, it is on record that he won several Laurel from credible international organizations for his transparent and accountable leadership. Since he left office, you can see that he is going about his business without answering any question for any blunder committed while in office, he should be celebrated not demonize “.

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