2019: Akwa Ibom Women To Purchase Nomination Form For Gov Emmanuel
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
At every point in time, it is recorded that God had always used the women to bring transformation, and to do great things that would sometimes look impossible. On Monday, 27th November, 2017, a flock of Akwa Ibom women from the three senatorial districts of the state, knowing that whatever they say, the heavens honour, gathered to declare Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as Governor for second term in office come 2019.
At the Ibom Hall Grounds, Uyo, venue of the thanksgiving/declaration ceremony tagged “Akwa Ibom Women Declare For Udom”, the former member presenting Itu in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), Rt. Hon. (Dr) Ekaette Ebong Okon, moved the motion, declaring Mr Udom Emmanuel as Governor for second term, and was seconded by former member of the Akwa Ibom State Legislature, Hon. Dr. (Mrs) Sarah Esitikot.
The women also vowed to purchased the 2019 governorship nomination form for the Governor because, according to them, he is found worthy to continue as Governor come 2019.
Setting the tone for the occasion, the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Glory Edet, stated that Akwa Ibom women in the 31 Local Government Areas of the state have came out, firstly to thank the Almighty God and acknowledge His supremacy for bringing Mr Udom Emmanuel to Akwa Ibom to govern the state. Because since his assumption of office in May 2015, he has made the people proud and they have not regretted voting for him.
According to her, “There has never been a time that women gather without God hearing us. That is why, having seen what you have done in the state in terms of infrastructure, empowerment, poverty alleviation, etc, you have proven to us that you are the Governor that was divinely ordained by God, collectively elected by the people and confirmed by the Supreme Court.
“We want to tell the whole world that there is no vacancy at the Hilltop Mansion come 2019. You are the only person all the women will vote for.”
Dr Gloria also thanked the Governor’s wife, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, for giving hope to the hopeless and comforting the widows in the state through her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youth Re-orientation Path-Initiative (FEYReP).
The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Luke, and his wife, Dr (Mrs) Onofiok Luke, while giving the opening remarks, noted that the thanksgiving service was in accordance with the Holy scripture as recorded in Matthew 6:33: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added unto you’.
They said “For the fact that you sought the face of the Lord today, second term for Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as Governor of Akwa Ibom State shall be added unto you.”
Narrating the many calls for celebration, the Speaking Speaker, as he is fondly called, stated that “We are celebrating the gift of God to Akwa Ibom in the person of Gov Udom Emmanuel. We are thanking God for the man and woman that God brought at this time to develop the state. We are celebrating superior performance in the different sectors of our state.
“In education sector, we are celebrating free and compulsory education, subventions to schools, payment of NECO/SSCE examination fees to students. We are celebrating infrastructure in College of Education and Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic (Akwapoly).
“In the area of agriculture, the Governor is carrying on with the Women Agro Entrepreneurship Development programme where women are given soft loans to grow their businesses. We are also celebrating cassava, rice and vegetable development projects to improve food sufficiency in the state.
“In terms of infrastructure, we are thanking God for the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road construction, Airport-Okopedi Road, Etinan-Ndon Oyo Road, internal roads in Uyo, Eket, Oron and several other road constructions across the state. The free healthcare delivery for pregnant women, aged people and children in the state also calls for celebration.”
Governor Udom Emmanuel, in his speech, thanked the women and accepted the motion moved to declare him as Governor come 2019. The women also purchased the 2019 governorship nomination form for the Governor.
He assured that the a second tranche for the small and medium scale loan earlier put in place which has not gone round, would be initiated for the women so that they can be empowered for them to grow their businesses.
Having discovered that the stable food in the state is garri, Governor announced that he has instructed the Technical Committee on Agric and Food Sufficiency, that “by first quarter of next year, I must commission minimum of three garri processing factories for women. It could be more as our aim is to cover all local government areas of the state.”
He used the occasion and charged the women to go out en masse to vote for PDP in the forthcoming local government elections billed for Saturday, saying that every development so far recorded in the state is initiated, executed and commissioned by PDP which is the only party in Akwa Ibom State.
Highpoints of the event were prayers for the Governor, state and country Nigeria; presentation to the Governor by the women; march pass by the three senatorial districts of the state and several groups; cultural display, drama, etc to spice up the occasion.
Also present to grace the occasion were Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo; the DG of Divine Mandate, Otuekong Nkpisong Idongesit Nkanga; Sen. Anietie Okon; Sen. Emmanuel Ibokesien; Sen. Obong Bassey Albert (OBA) represented by his wife; immediate past Speaker of AKHA, Rt. Hon. Sam Ikon and his wife; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sir Etekamba Umoren; Head of Civil Service, Mrs Ekereobong Akpan; Commissioners, Special Advisers; Prelate Sunday Mbang; Rev. (Dr) Angella Osong; Royal Fathers and many other government functionaries.