Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, has decided to hand over his re-election bid to God, saying He alone can guarantee power.
Governor Emmanuel, who is the PDP flag bearer, yesterday went spiritual and adopted a new slogan ‘only God’ which he has repeatedly told the electorate could make man a king.
In his New Year message, he told the people of the state not to be overly concerned over the violent plot by the opposition APC to use federal might to take over the state, adding that God’s plan for the state would not be overcome by mere devices of man.
Speaking at the solemn Assembly with the theme “You are God, you alone” organised to usher in the New Year and hands it to God at Ibom Hall grounds, Emmanuel said not even the much vaunted deployment of federal mighty by the opposition would stand.
The Governor said it was disgraceful that some leaders of the state could sit and struck a deal to mortgage the future of the state and imperil the future of the younger ones.
According to the governor, “This land is named after God, Akwa Abasi Ibom state, and He alone dictates, arranges manages, defines and shapes what happens here.
“No instrument of man can change the course of God’s plan for our state and our people. No devices of man or the naysayers, their lies, their much vaunted Warsaw battle cry, their promise to deploy federal mighty to forcefully take over our state will stand.
“My dear Akwa Ibom people, it is shameful that our so-called leaders can sit and enter into deals to mortgage the future of Akwa Ibom state and imperil the future our children just to gain power and they have the audacity to come and tell you they are working to protect your interest”.
The Governor wondered how an ordinary mortal could come to them and promised they have answers to their problems and that they alone could determine their destiny in the state.
“For some time now, men, I mean mere mortals have told you they alone can determine the course of your destiny. They have told you they alone have answers to your problem.
“They have told you if you fail to follow their laid down rules or travel the path they have charted for you, that they will visit violence on you and your children. Do they know that the children they want to use to unleash their planned violence are your children? Udom asked.
Earlier, Archbishop Idem Ikon, President and Founder of Revival Valley Ministries, in his sermon, enjoined Akwa Ibom people to remain faithful to God adding that God would do great things for them in the New Year.
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