2019: Saraki Assures Gov Emmanuel Of NASS Support
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
As the 2019 general elections draw near, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has expressed optimism that the second term bid of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, is nothing more than victory.
He stated this Friday, at the Government House Exco Chamber, during a solidarity visit on the Governor, assured of the support of the National Assembly for the Governor come 2019.
Sen. Saraki particularly thanked Akwa Ibom people for the warm reception at the airport despite the rain, and encouraged Governor Emmanuel not to be distracted by some unfortunate events that took place, but remain focus and continue to serve his people.
According to him, “the entire members of the National Assembly are strongly and fully with you. We know you have served your people well. Within the few years in office, you have shown your capacity and leadership skills. It is not easy to lead and rise above, and behave like a leader despite provocations. That is a sign of leadership.
“The people of Akwa Ibom have spoken in very strong languages that they are behind you. I want to encourage you to move ahead and continue to work hard and serve your people.
“Events will continue to unfold and continue to show you because you mean well for your people.”
Speaking further, the Senate President assured that “We in Abuja will continue to work and support you and we shall come again when your people shall give you a sound rewarding second term to continue to serve them.”
Saraki expressed joy that the people of Akwa Ibom have a dynamic, young and focus Governor who will lead them to the Promise Land.
“It will be my pleasure to come back when we shall discuss politics. With governors like you in the state, your cabinet members, members of the Assembly, and seeing Senators and former governors working with you is a good sign.
“It means you are a team player. It means you carry everybody along with you, respect your leaders and have your focus and attention on the people of Akwa Ibom and you can never fail them,” Sen. Saraki stated.
Gov Emmanuel in his response, expressed appreciation to the Senate President for his show of love through his visit to the state.
He thanked Senator Saraki for his decision to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he said is the real home, adding that the APC was an alliance.
He also charged the Senate boss to remain focus, saying “If you don’t have anything to offer, nobody will attack you.
“You are being tackled because you are about scoring a goal. So don’t take that for granted, count it all for joy and it’s all a blessing.”
Gov Emmanuel assured that Akwa Ibom is PDP and PDP is Akwa Ibom.
“I also want to assure you that the party is 98% intact. With all this, we can only say one thing that these are men who are leaving something behind for the upcoming Akwa Ibom children of tomorrow to also learn.
“The children came to me on May 27 at the stadium and said ‘don’t only prepare us for the future, also prepare the future for us.
The governor posited that the children are only guaranteed a future , if through enablers,. Paul Apostle said ‘I’ve fought a good fight’. You have fought a good fight. Ride on. You have the support of the masses of this country.”
The Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo; Air Commodore, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District, Sen. Bassey Albert Akpan (OBA), led the team to receive Sen. Bukola Saraki and his delegation including Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi; Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Philip Aduda Tanimu; Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Sen. Dino Melaye; Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District, Sen. Clifford Ordia; and Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Sen. Isah Hamma Misau, at the Akwa Ibom International Airport
Others who also received the delegation were Senators Anietie Okon, Emmanuel Ibokessien, and Helen Esuene; member representing Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency, Dr Henry Archibong; Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo; National Adviser of PDP, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem; Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem; Head of Civil Service, Mrs Ekereobong Akpan, Commissioners, Special Advisers, members of the state House of Assembly, and others.