Governor Godswill Akpabio has commended Akwa Ibom people for standing by President Goodluck Jonathan in last weekend’s Presidential elections.
Akpabio, who gave the commendation in his Easter message, said that the people of the state remained proud of the achievements of Jonathan despite losing the election.
“The true Akwa Ibom spirit of loyalty was tested in the Presidential Election and we acquitted ourselves creditably. We were with the President right down to the finishing line and we are proud that we turned in close to a million votes for the President.
“We are proud of his performance and proud of our support for him. This nation now knows that we have no place in this blessed Land of Promise for the Judas Iscariots.
The Governor enjoined the people of the state to find comfort in the shared commitment to unity and a new found strength in a common aspiration for a greater State.
“Let those who seek to divide us with politics be reminded that Christ said it was through loving one another that one can prove himself as being a true disciple.
“Let the lessons of Easter, therefore, inspire us to make sacrifices for the unity and progress of our State and Nation. Let the life and teachings of Jesus Christ inspire us to strive for a world knit together by love, and a State bonded in brotherhood and a nation united in diversity.
“As Easter stands out as a perfect example of unconditional love, let us give unconditional love to our neighbors and share love with the less privileged.”
“Let us think in terms of what we can do for our State and not what the State can do for us. Let us think in terms of justice, fairness and equity in this season of politics.” Akpabio said.
He said that his tenure which would soon end was enmeshed in a personal resolve to strengthen the foundations of unity and brotherliness among the different sections of the state.
“In the last eight years I have run the race, fought a good fight of faith and I am set to complete my course. In all these years, I have sought to let all Akwa Ibom people come together not as Ibibio or Annang or Oro but as brothers and sisters and children of God. I have sought to let the example of Christ’s love for us remain the foundation of our unity.”
“The lesson of Easter was recently brought home to Nigerians by the statesmanlike action of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, when he opted to concede the Presidential election in the public interest even before the announcement of the final result.
He reminded voters in the state of the need for a principled stance that justice should be done to the people of Eket Senatorial District, who have not tasted the gubernatorial office in 27 years of the State’s existence.

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