Atiku, Others Celebrate Gov. Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom People on 35th AnniversaryFriday, September 23rd, 2022 | News
Former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated the government and people of Akwa Ibom State on their 35th anniversary of state creation and has lauded the progress of the state under the impactful leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Alhaji Abubakar, gave the commendation on Friday, during the anniversary celebration of the State, held at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.
The former Vice President acknowledged that in the past 35 years, the state has witnessed an unprecedented socio-economic growth in all sectors, lauding the developmental strides of Governor Udom Emmanuel, through the people-oriented projects to set the pace for others to emulate.
Represented by the Governor of Sokoto State, and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, Alhaji Abubakar congratulated Akwa Ibom people for marking 35 years of development and capacity building, calling on all to support the Governor to succeed.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar celebrates with Akwa Ibom State at 35 and he commends the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Udom Emmanuel for the good work that he has been doing in Akwa Ibom State.
“We are seeing progress, we are seeing development in virtually all the spheres in life under your leadership in Akwa Ibom State.
“The expectations from Akwa Ibom people therefore, according to him, is continuous support for Governor Emmanuel and the PDP, and prayers for the governor to end well, finish strong and be succeeded by a man that will sustain the pace of development in the state.”
Observing that the state has fared well under the leadership of the PDP, the party’s Presidential hopeful urged the people of the state to remain steadfast in the support for the party and be hopeful that the PDP will take over at the center in 2023.
On the ongoing internal fued in the PDP, the Alhaji Abubakar said, “yes, we must acknowledge that we are having internal family issues, but be rest assured …that we are not involved or engaged in the war of attrition. It is a political disagreement and very soon, all of that will be resolved and the PDP will continue to remain strong and strong, and grow until we win the election, by the grace of God, come February 2023”.
Chief Host of the event, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, took the people through a thanksgiving session in acknowledgement of God’s help to the state over the thirty-five years of existence.
He further extolled the successive heads of governments and leaders of the state from creation for their contributions in building a strong Akwa Ibom and taking the state through phases of growth.
Governor Emmanuel expressed hope that Akwa Ibom will be better off with the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as President in the upcoming election.
“Akwa Ibom this time around shall not be forgotten, Akwa Ibom shall not be left behind, Akwa Ibom will be in the forefront of everything in Nigeria. We shall be in the forefront of development.
“As we are contributing immensely to the resources of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom will also be at the forefront”.
In a message of goodwill, former Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, congratulated the governor and Akwa Ibom people on the 35th anniversary celebrations, describing the governor as a pacesetter whose performance leaves no one in doubt of his passion to develop the state.
The former and last military governor of Akwa Ibom State, Group Capt. John Ebiye (rtd.) stated that Akwa Ibom State has been consistently progressing through successive administrations, particularly commending the crop of leaders the state has had in present democracy that began in 1999 and the improvements by the present administration under Mr. Udom Emmanuel, and expressed hope that the next administration will sustain the trend.
The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintri, former governor of Kwara State and President of the 8th Senate, Mr. Bukola Saraki, former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazi Abubakar Yari, former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, former governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, former military governors of Akwa Ibom State and several other dignitaries graced the occasion, with unequivocal expressions of goodwill and commendations for the progress of the state.