The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo has stated that governor Udom Emmanuel’s victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo is a contemporary political reality in the state.
The Chairman made this known at a Press Conference held at the party Secretariat in Uyo, recently.
Ekpo said, “Today, the tribunal of men properly constituted by the laws of our land has confirmed the divinely orchestrated, politically engineered and electorally delivered mandate of Deacon Udom Emmanuel as the Governor of Akwa Ibom state. This judgment is in total agreement with the contemporary political reality existent in our state. It is not a judgement that is postulating on what ought to be, but a clear admission of what was and what is.”
Ekpo acknowledged the victory of all PDP Candidates at the 2019 general elections in the state to God for His favour, grace, guidance and protection throughout the electioneering campaign.
He also thanked the people of Akwa Ibom State for being the vessels used by God to perfect His will in the State, saying that the party owe them boundless grace of resilience for resisting the Warsaw saw war threat by voting massively for the candidates of their choices.
According to him, “While our ceaseless thanks go to God Almighty the omnipotent and omniscient for His favour, grace, guidance and protection throughout the electioneering, we must thank the people whom God used as vessels of honour to manifest His will in our state.
“First our party faithful and the Divine Mandate Organization who stood by us through the thick and thin, those who withstood the threats of war and violence, those who with us, went on vigorous campaigns throughout the length and breadth of the state – we thank you.
“To Akwa Ibom people, who went out in their number to vote our candidates into different offices, we owe you boundless gratitude for your resilience. You were not afraid of the promise of Warsaw, neither were you intimidated by the planned importation of walking sticks and lethal weapons.
“You saw the election as an opportunity to make a statement about our belief in the supremacy of God and his overriding power over the affairs of men; we loudly rejected the attempt at deification of man and ‘manification’ of God”.
Obong Ekpo who is also the Chairman of PDP State Chairmen in Nigeria further thanked the capable legal team assembled by the party to pursue their cases at the different Tribunals for their display of legal mastery which have given the party victory. He added that the Tribunal also deserves commendation for delivering justice according to law.
Ekpo reiterated that the God that has taken Akwa Ibom thus far will take the state to the expected end, urging all to join hands with the Governor to build a viable and progressive Akwa Ibom State.