BY ETOP EKANEM
LAGOS — THE Oron people have called for cooperation from all Akwa Ibomites in their quest for one of theirs to be the governor of the state, saying it is their turn to do so come 2015.
They spoke in Lagos through the Oron Union President, Lagos Branch, Mrs Felicia Essang-Oludare during this year’s 13th Oron cultural festival and special reception in honour of Prof. Atim Antai, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, in Lagos.
Essang-Oludare advised the Oron people to do everything possible to take what God had set aside for them.
According to her, “There are many thorns and landmines on the road to 2015. Therefore, we must set aside all bitterness and come together to work for the good of all. We will achieve if we set our collective effort towards it. Yes, we we can and we will.
“Akwa Ibom State belongs to all of us. We all have a stake at developing our state as well as developing the people where there is equal opportunity for Ibibio man, Annang man and Oron man, nothing more, nothing less.
“Let the people of Akwa Ibom State stand by Oro this time just as we supported Ibibio and Annang at their time. The last 26 years have seen us as a three major ethnic groups in Akwa Ibom—Ibibio, Annang and Oron— which was the basis of the state creation.”
On her part, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Antai, said: “I am an Oron woman, if an Oron governor emerges, I will be very happy. There is nobody who would not want something good for himself. But I also know this as a Christian that all authorities on earth are from God. It is God who who will answer the aspiration of the Oron people. If it is God’s will, then we will succeed.”