Akwa Ibom State governor-elect, Mr Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has promised to run an all inclusive government that would care for the general welfare of the people, irrespective of party affiliations.
Emmanuel in an interaction with newsmen in Uyo yesterday said that is administration would not discriminate against those who opposed him during the campaigns, whether within or outside the PDP.
The governor-elect maintained that differences in party affiliations would not be considered in the delivery of democracy dividends to the people, as all persons in the state were entitled to benefit from the resources accruing to the state.
“Of course I will be governor of all irrespective of political party affiliations, because we are all Akwa Ibom people and brothers, and entitled to the benefits that accrue to this land. The political parties are mere platforms for each and every one of us to aspire to serve the people and whoever wins is entitled to treat everybody as equals.”
On his blueprint for the state, Emmanuel maintained that the much talked about industrialisation of the state would be pursued with vigour, with the development of the maritime potentials of the state as the main trust so as to enhance the productive and employment capacity of the state.
He disclosed that already four foreign investors had signalled their intention to invest in the state less than 24 hours after he was declared the winner of the governorship elections in the state.
“Already the enablers for investors in the form of airport and good roads have been well provided for in the state; and so what remains for us to do is to develop the maritime corridor by investing in the sea port and industrial city project and this my administration will pursue so as to increase our income generating capacity and increase the capacity of our people,” he explained.
On strategies to address the dwindling fortunes of the PDP in the country, Emmanuel expressed belief that the party would recover from its recent misfortune in the polls, attributing the recent loss in the Presidential elections to non-party issues.
“We lost not due to internal crisis within the party because every organisation has their fair share of problems. We lost due to some other social issues I will not mention here but I am confident that the party will recover from this and become stronger in the nearest future,” he said.
It would be recalled that Emmanuel recorded a total of 996,071 votes to defeat other candidates who participated in the election.
The result which was announced by the state governorship election collation officer, Prof. James Ekpoki, showed that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Umana Umana polled a total of 89,865 votes to come a distant second.


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