Prominent political figures in the state have called for total support for Governor Udom Emmanuel beyond 2019 at a function organized by Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio on Saturday.
In his goodwill message delivered at the Grand Reception/Investiture of Governor Udom Emmanuel during the 29th Anniversary of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio held at Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, the Senate Minirity Leader and immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio called on the entire membership of Mboho to root for Governor Udom Emmanuel beyond 2019. He maintained that Mboho has never said two different things before, and has never given a chance to opposition party to come into its hall other than the state’s ruling party. In his words, “Mboho has never said two things. That is what makes Mboho different from other organizations. Mboho cannot leave this hall for the opposition to organize event – Mboho has never done that before, have they? As far as Mboho has handed over this hall to Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, only Udom in 2019 will be in this hall, that is what I know”. Chief Akpabio recalled that Mboho was always there to lend him support at every moment of his governorship aspiration, and did not for once support any opposition party.
The International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio in his speech, reiterated support for Mr. Udom comes 2019. Addressing the governor directly, the President said, “Your Excellency, we are saying Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio has resolved to stand by you, to promote you, to support you. You have done one year, and you have to complete the remaining 7 years as governor of Akwa Ibom State.”
Also speaking, Barr. Onofiok Luke in his goodwill message, appreciated the Mboho’s position to support Udom’s re-election in 2019. He said since both Obong Victor Attah and Chief Godswill Akpabio each served 8 years in office, Gov. Udom would not be an exception.
The governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel in his remark, said, “PDP is as strong as ever – the umbrella is unbroken, the umbrella cannot be torn; the umbrella is the only thing that can cover everybody.
“PDP is the only thing that can cover Nigerians out of this present predicament. Nigerians, PDP handed over the economy of this country at the exchange rate of N186. The only party that can bring back the economic boom to this country is the PDP.
“Let me assure you that Akwa Ibom is PDP, and PDP is Akwa Ibom. We stand firm, and we stand strong. This is the party that is going to bring development to this state and I stand here to reassure you again that we are highly focused; we know where we are going to. Just follow us, by the time we reach our destination, I am sure everybody will see the light; everybody will see where we are going to; everybody will realize that Akwa Ibom is the state to be reckoned with, not only in Nigeria, but all over the world.”
Meanwhile, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio is a socio-cultural organization established to promote unity among Ibibio youths. The organization was established on August 1st, 1987 at Calabar, Cross River State, and has been registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990.