The Annang speaking people worldwide have pledged their support and loyalty to Governor Udom Emmanuel as well as rally support for his second term bid.
The Annang nation, the second most populous tribe in Akwa Ibom after Ibibio- language speaking people, also scored the governor high on his industrialisation efforts in the state.
In a release signed by the Ati Annang Foundation International President, Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan, and the Secretary General, Dr. Gloria W. Inyang, the Annang nation lauded the governor for the way he has been handling the affairs of the state.
The release said the Foundation had during the 2019 Annual General Meeting resolved against shifting loyalty elsewhere.
In apparent rejection of the position of the immediate past Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who had many times pledged the support of the Annang nation to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Foundation, said the people are committed to the Udom administration noting that they would resist any effort to lead them elsewhere.
“The Foundation notes and commends the statesmanship, vision and avant-garde simplicity that our Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has brought to the governance process in Akwa Ibom State.
“Therefore, the Annang people are totally in support and loyal to the present Government headed by Mr. Udom Emmanuel and shall always be loyal and supportive of any government at any level in Nigeria.
“Further, the Foundation expresses her deep gratitude for the continuous support of the governor to the Foundation especially towards the completion of the Foundation secretariat. This gesture is not taken for granted.
“The Foundation notes with satisfaction, the industrialization and developmental strides of Governor Udom Emmanuel but requests for an even spread of the industries across the three senatorial districts and indeed to the eight local government areas of Annang land taking into cognizance the huge existence of natural and human resources within the locality”, the statement said.
The Foundation urged the Governor to ensure the completion of the dualisation of the Uyo – Ikot Ekpene road, the phase 3 of Abak – Ikot Okoro, Ikot Ibritam – Ikot Ekara roads, other projects in Annang nation.
The Foundation also requested that he ensures the completion of the construction Sheraton Hotel in Ikot Ekpene”.
Commenting on the continuous harassment and persecution of one of her eminent members, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association by the EFCC, the Ati Annang expressed sadness over the development.
“From information available to the Foundation, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN, has only been pursuing and earning monies from his legitimate law practice. This should therefore not warrant his harassment except there is something more than the information available in the public domain.
“We, therefore, urge the EFCC and any other agency for that matter to stop forthwith this harassment and persecution. The Foundation declares her unequivocal stand with Mr. Paul Usoro SAN and shall not hesitate to do anything legally to protect his rights and privileges.”
The Foundation urged the Annang nation to cooperate and unite with all other Akwa Ibomites to ensure hitch-free general elections.