UYOâ€”Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as well as lawmakers in the National Assembly from the state have jointly endorsed Governor Godswill Akpabio for a second term, basing such early adoption on his record of achievements in just two years in office.
In a resolution unanimously supported by all the members,Â the lawmakers said Akpabioâ€™s unprecedented achievements in the state were worthy of emulation by other state governors.
Announcing the House decision in Ibom Hall, when the Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili visited Uyo to launch the South-South leg of the Rebranding Nigeria Project, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Engr Ignatius Edet said: â€œSince the governor has performed very well, the State House of Assembly and by implication the people of Akwa Ibom State, have resolved that His Excellency will go back for a second term.â€
Symbolically, the Speaker presented a key to Akpabio, to enable him pack into the newly completed Governorâ€™s Lodge, an ultra-modern edifice built under 18 months.
With the development, Akpabio, who had been operating from his private residence since May 29, 2007, can now move into the official residence of government.
According to Edet: â€œThis is the Master Key, sent from Heaven; delivered by the State House of Assembly to open the Governorâ€™s Lodge of Akwa Ibom State forÂ the Governor.
Promptly, the Assemblyâ€™s resolution was overwhelmingly supported by Akwa Ibom Caucus in the National Assembly, led by Senator Effiong Bob. The 13-member body (3 Senators and 10 Representatives) were all present at the ceremony, a situation noted by the visiting minister as uncommon in other states.
â€œIf Akwa Ibom was not okay, you wont see us from the National Assembly coming to stay with the Governorâ€, Senator Bob said; adding it has become a common feature for them since they are all happy with Akpabioâ€™s performance in just two years.
â€œAs a Caucus, we took a resolution that we must be here as always. Honorable Minister, you have seen that in all the states you have visited, it would appear that this is the only state that all the members of the National Assembly are complete here; together with all the members of the HouseÂ of Assembly working together with the governor. We are believing that it is through this cooperation, support and encouragement that we have development in our state.
â€œWe in the National Assembly do not have any other thing to say than to support the position of our state house of assembly. The key has been given to the governor to stay up to and including 2015. That was by way of motion by theÂ House of Assembly. We in the National Assembly also second the motion. Thereâ€™s no vacancy!â€, said Senator Bob.
While agreeing with the general acceptance and appreciation of the people, Prof Akunyili said she was â€œdeeply touchedâ€ and â€œthrilledâ€ after witnessing someÂ of the projects done by the Akpabioâ€™s administration.
â€œI have gone round to see some projects and honestly, I am thrilled. I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that this young man (Gov Akpabio) started rebranding Akwa Ibom right from May 2007,therefore, we are togetherâ€.
Noting that Akpabio was reaping love and goodwill from his people because he sowed good governance, Akunyili said â€œYou are reaping from what you have done for your people. You are reaping from establishing a culture of clean environment; putting in place disciplined civil service system; free health services; free education; massive road construction; the airport is in place; the Tropicana; the new Governorâ€™s Lodge; and most recently, the Outside Broadcast Van that I just commissionedâ€¦Itâ€™s simply amazing. I donâ€™t what this place would be like in the next two yearsâ€, she said.
Congratulating the governor â€œon the good work you are doing for your peopleâ€, Akunyili said it was apparent that theÂ lawmakersâ€™ endorsement of the governor was never planned, hence Akpabio shed some tears of joy.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Uffot Ekaete who hails from Akwa Ibom State, said he was proud of Gov Akpabioâ€™s achievements.
AcknowledgingÂ that â€œAkwa Ibom State is okayâ€, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said Akpabio unprecedented achievements â€œexplains why it has transited from the land of promise to the land of fulfilment and is now aiming towards being a destination of choice. This can only be achieved through the efforts of our digital governor. ..I am proud to be part of this success storyâ€.