By Etop Ekanem
THE National Association of Annang Youths, NACAY, and Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency Movement for Godswill Akpabio 2011 Plus, have warned those trying to distract the Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, from delivering more dividends of democracy to the people of the state to immediately desist from the unwholesome act.
Speaking recently during the inauguration of the Lagos State chapter of NACAY and awareness ceremony at the Cultural Hall of the National Theatre Lagos, International co-ordinator of the Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency Movement for Godswill Akpabio 2011 Plus, who is also the Board of Trustees, BOT, member of NACAY, Mr Gabriel Toby, said the movement was deeply worried, shocked and surprised that Governor Akpabio is being constantly harassed by those he referred to as â€œhoodlums, miscreants and enemies of progress sent to cause chaos in the state especially at this political period.
â€œWe do not need a prophet to tell us the game plan by some people who are trying to cause confusion in different ways. We have discovered that these people are being sent from the pit of hell by enemies of progress, having found out the wisdom and sufficient grace in the sitting Governor to change the face of Akwa Ibom State to what is expected.”
â€œWith the coming of Akpabio as a leader of hope, the impossible has since been possible. We are now truly seeing government in action for the very first time in a long while again. Tax payers monies and the Federal Government allocation for the state are used judiciously with workers getting their salaries as and when due and lifting of the ban on employment by the state government through the state council service commission.
â€œWith all these laudable achievements, we have decided collectively to rise up for Governor Akpabio by taking a stand with him against people or group trying desperately to distract and discredit his good works. â€œWe are using this opportunity to call on not only Akwa Ibomites but Nigerians in general to rise up against these treacherous and evil minded enemies of Akwa Ibom State and ask them to leave the hardworking and passionate government of Akpabio alone now or remain troubled all their lives.
Al least, let us for once enjoy a good people-oriented government,â€ the group stated
On what necessitated the bold move by the group, Toby who is also Deputy Leader/Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, said they were out to support the noble course of the governor through his administration developmental strides which is unprecedented in the history of the state, adding that there is no way we can afford not to support and appreciate a man of great deeds like Governor Akpabio.
â€œWhen we see hard-working people especially in government, we commend their efforts. When we also see the hands of God upon them, we rise up and join in praying for them. We are asking these detractors to allow Akpabio finish his term while calling on those aspiring for the position of Akwa Ibom State governor to wait for the right time to test their strength and popularity at the polls. Enough of these distractions. They should leave Akpabio alone,â€ the group said.
Speaking on the occasion, National President of NACAY, Dr. Emmanuel Udosen, expressed disappointment on actions of those trying to cause confusion in the state instead of join hands to build the promise land, adding that Annang people as a whole will not close their eyes seeing a man and brother who meant well for the people in the state being cut-short of his plan of buttering the lives of people.
â€œWe are determined to stand by our brother and a man meant who well for Akwa Ibom people.Â We will not be moved by anybody or group. What we may say is for them to have a rethink and remember the past,â€ Udosen said
Earlier in his acceptance speech, co-coordinator of the Lagos State chapter of NACAY, Mr. Joseph Egbe pledged his chapterâ€™s readiness and commitment to safeguard the position of Annang and the generality of Akwa Ibom people in the present administration.