The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere has described the fathers of faith in Akwa Ibom as jobless scammers who are out to milk from the state coffers and has urged the state indigenes to disregard them.
Mr Ekere specifically named former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria and Prelate Emeritus of Methodist Church, Sunday Mbang and Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Ministries as well as Arch Bishop Cletus Bassey, among others as religious conmen.
Ekere who spoke on an Uyo –based radio station, Planet 101.1FM during Team Nigeria a radio programme sponsored by Senator Ita Enang, said the fathers of faith were mere businessmen with pecuniary interest, adding that the endorsement of Governor Udom Emmanuel for second term was baseless.
The NDDC Managing Director, speaking through the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his Campaign Organisation, ONE for Change Initiative, Professor Chris Ekong, said it was madness for the Fathers of Faith to rally support for the re-election of the governor.
He also condemned the Syringe and Metering Solutions industries recently commissioned by the Vice President, saying the VP only collaborated with the PDP to deceive Nigerians.
It would recalled that Christian Leaders in Akwa Ibom State recently at the conclusion of Dominion Mandate Conference announced their resolve to start mobilizing their members and associations to unite in one voice and support the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
They said they have started to ensure that they mobilize people in various Local Government Areas to register since the Independent Electoral Commission will not count prayer points but votes from registered voters.
Commenting on the honour on the Governor, Former Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Mbang recounted that the Christian Leaders had promised to support the Governor to return to office in 2019.
He said the entire Christian community in the state are ready to give support to the Governor and the appropriate structures are in place for this purpose.
“So I say, 2019, you will continue as Governor of Akwa Ibom.
I already know you are a winner and anyone who doesn’t believe that, I wish him luck, because I am a child of God in the proper sense of the word,” the Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria asserted.
They also announced that other programmes such as door to door campaigns in every home, villages, will be embarked upon to enable massive participation by their followers in the state to enable the return of Governor Emmanuel who they described as a true believer.
Responding, Governor Udom Emmanuel appreciated the clerics for their huge show of support to his administration.
He said he was overwhelmed by their earlier show of support saying it was very significant because it came from the Spiritual Fathers of the state.
“If there is one body that one must never joke with, it should be your Spiritual Fathers. They are the most powerful human beings on earth.”
He said the Fathers of Faith are the only ones that can ask the most powerful leaders in the world to kneel down, and they are obeyed, maintaining that his invitation was only to tell them thank you for their support, only to be surprised by such magnitude of endorsement from the spiritual fathers.