About six governorship candidates of the 2023 elections in Akwa Ibom State as well as 13 political parties have shunned dissidents to congratulate the governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party on his victory at the March 18 concluded polls.
The candidates and their parties include, Mr Nsikak Hogan Thomas (Zenith Labour Party), Abasiekeme Mfonobong Ekanem (Action Alliance) Eyo Eyo Ekong (Allied People’s Movement), Sunday Francis Ekanem (Peoples Redemption Party), Mr Akan Ekpenyong (Boot Party), and Mrs Emem Monday Udoh (Social Democratic Party).
But, the candidates of the Young Progressives Party, the All Progressives Congress and few others have not sent in their congratulatory message.
In their separate statements, the candidates urged the governor-elect to fulfil the expectations of the people as the content of his ARISE agenda had already given the people high hope.
They said, “despite our series of campaigns and politicking it was clear that Pastor Umo Eno won the heart of the people through his ARISE Agenda and we expect that he satisfies the desires of the people. ”
Meanwhile the political parties under the umbrella body of Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC described pastor Eno’s victory as an act of God.
The coalition made up of chairmen of various political parties urged the Governor elect to hit the ground running when sworn into office and expressed hope that his government would serve as a means to promote both economic growth and social cohesion in the state.
“It is our hope and belief that in line with your avowed commitment to unite Akwa Ibom State and foster healing and true reconciliation, your reign as Governor from May 29, 2023, will signify and symbolize inclusiveness, selflessness godliness, peace, unity, and entrepreneurial development as encapsulated in your ARISE Agenda,” te statement partly read.
The group also assured Pastor Umo Eno that the organisation would partner with his administration to foster the development of the state.
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