2015 Election: “We’ll resist imposition of governorship in Akwa Ibom” -Uyo Traditional Council

6 Jan



Also speaking at the occasion, the Clan Head of Offot Ukwa, Etebom Silvanus Okon, described Prof. King as a respectful son who deemed it necessary to visit his fathers first before embarking on his mission to become governor.
Etebom Okon who expressed happiness that Prof. King is an in-law of Uyo people urged him to go about his campaigns depending on God, saying only God gives power.
He said the Uyo Traditional Council support his aspiration while urging Prof King not to engage in blackmail and violence.
According to the traditional ruler, the people of Uyo will support a free and fair election warning that any attempt to impose a governorship candidate on the people of Uyo will fail.
He said: “We will not sit here and allow anybody impose a governor on us. We will look at all our sons and daughters from Ibibio land and then when we find and aspirant with the right qualities for the office of governor, we will support him.”
He explained that imposition of a governorship aspirant will lead to mortgaging the destinies of the people.
His words: “What this imposition means is that if governor puts his successor on the seat, the successor will take all matters of the state to him before anything is done.
“It means that before a commissioners’ list is approved, the beneficiary of the ex-governor’s so called kindness will take the list to him and only those who the ex-governor wants will be appointed. How will people’s rights be protected in this situation.”
Etebom Okon expressed dissatisfaction that the traditional institution has been badly treated and that monarchs were no longer willing to allow anyone shortchange the destinies of over four million Akwa Ibom people on the altar of selfishness.

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