UYOâ€”All is now set for the grand reception organized by the Ibibio nation, the largest ethnic group in Akwa Ibom State in honour of Governor Godswill Akpabio.
The event which will take place at Asan Ibibio this Saturday will witness the formal endorsement of Governor Akpabio by the Ibibio nation for re-election in 2011.
Already, all Ibibio socio cultural organizations such as Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio; Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Utuenikang Ibibio, Ibibio grand Alliance, Ibibio Elders Forum amongst others have publicly declared their support and solidarity for the Governorâ€™s re-election.
The atmosphere in Uyo, the State capital is in a frenzying mode as several sons and daughters are trouping into the State to be in preparation for the occasion.
A Statement by the organisers of the event said the endorsement of Governor Akpabio follows the massive infrastructural development and people-oriented programmes of Governor Akpabio which has redefined the land level of the State.
Among the achievements listed include the free and compulsory education programme, the free healthcare service, massive roads and rural development schemes especially in the area of rural electrification, rural water supply and rehabilitation of primary healthcare institutions.
Governor Akpabio even spread projects and political office amongst the various ethnic nationalists in the State, according to them has succeeded in fostering the bond of unity in the state.
According to Ntisong Ibibio 111, and President, Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio, His Royal Highness, Ntisong Essien Udo Ekidem, the Ibibio people from various organizations, interest groups, cultural, private, public, traditional leaders, old and young have decided to come together to accord the Governor a reception.
It will be recalled that the State caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, toeing the line of the State House of Assembly, and the Akwa Ibom State Caucus in the National Assembly, had endorsed Governor Akpabio for re-election in 2011 setting the coast clear for the Governorâ€™s return to the hilltop mansion for a second term in office.
Similarly, various ethnic groupings such as the Oro Nation, Annang Nation, Eket Federal Constituency and several socio-cultural groups earlier endorsed the Governor.