The governorship candidate of Labour Party in the last guber polls in Akwa Ibom State, Bishop Samuel Akpan has said that he was confident of unseating Governor Udom Emmanuel even as he has declared that the Governor remained forerunner and would soon vacate the office for the legitimate occupant.
This is in the light of uncertainties in the state over what would be the outcome of the petitions against Emmanuel at the State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal is currently sitting in Abuja.
Akpan who spoke during his 58th birthday celebration in ONNA council area of the state maintained that the injustice and deprivations of the poor and the needy of the state by the privileged few in the past eight years would soon be redressed and their hope restored going by indications at the tribunal.
“The reality of time will soon visit the time. I have paid my dues, shown respect and humility to all manner of people, I have tolerated one another and I have shown that in absolute practice. Irrespective of all the persecutions and provocations that I passed through, I have not been able to show intolerance to any one.
“Therefore, I want to assure you that your long wait and commitment to this course is not in vain. Udom Emmanuel is my brother and like John the Baptist, he is my forerunner and will soon vacate the seat for the one whom God has appointed”, Akpan asserted.
He dedicated the birthday to those who he alleged, were slain, brutalized, tortured and maimed by wicked men and women desperate to grasp power during the April 11governorship elections in the state.
“I invoke the heavens to speak and fight for their justice as well as free the entire state from the shackles of wickedness, deprivation, unemployment and all forms of calamitous existence and evict people with dubious tendencies from power and authority,” he said.
He lamented that majority of the people of the state remained “extremely poor” due to the misappropriation by the last administration in the state despite the huge resources and allocations received by the state and promised to generate prosperity for the everlasting wellbeing of all in the area.
“Poverty has overtaken our people and the so called, uncommon transformation has become uncommon wickedness, uncommon poverty, uncommon hunger and even uncommon destruction of lives and property. Therefore, we shall stop those uncommon things and go back to the common thing which is love for one another and the attendant collective prosperity,” he declared.
The cleric cum politician used the occasion to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiatives he has taken so far to reposition the country towards her destination by sanitizing the polity, fighting corruption, promoting and advancing the course of humanity.

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