Archbishop of the Methodist Church, Abuja, Most Rev. Ebene Eze and the Coordinator of Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance, Hon. Emmanuel Inyang have challenged Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel to improve on the development strides of the outgoing Governor Godswill Akpabio to make the state a reference point in Nigeria.
The duo made the admonition on Sunday at a special thanksgiving service to mark Udom’s victory at the April 11, 2015 governorship election.
The event was organised by the indigenes of the state in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and its environs.
In his sermon, the church leadership prayed for divine wisdom and guidance for the governor-elect to enable him take the state to greater height.
Most Rev. Eze urged Emmanuel to follow the footsteps of Akpabio in his uncommon transformation of the state while Inyang expressed joy over what he called the “overwhelming victory” of the governor-elect, noting that it was based on the confidence the people reposed in Udom’s leadership style and forthrightness.
Inyang stated that the group was at the forefront of mobilising support for Udom’s election and assured the people that the governor-elect would consolidate on the gains of the Akpabio administration in the area of industrialisation.
He said: “The governor-elect who is very humble to know that power comes from God has repeatedly said that the victory is for the people of the state and had called on all and sundry to join him in building the state. I also want to appeal to his fellow contestants to sheathe their sword and come together for the sake of the unity of the state.’’
The representative of Governor Akpabio at the event, Mrs. Mary Ekpenyong, who praised the outgoing governor for changing the development landscape of the state, promised that Udom would fit well into Akpabio’s big shoe.
“We are in the church today (Sunday) to thank God for His faithfulness to our state, especially the victory we are celebrating,” she said.
The Chairman of Nanet Suit, Chief Ini Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance Elders’ Forum, noted that the celebration was necessary, considering the people’s sacrifices and contributions to the election of Udom.
Akpabio pledged that the people would remain united and support the incoming government to succeed.

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