Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel has vowed not to disclose his successor to anyone even if God has shown him the person despite the pressure on him to do so byS people.
He said he would rather concentrate on his completion agenda than on issues bordering on successorship.
The governor stated this in Uyo, on Monday while responding to a request by the state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Nduese Ekwere, to name a successor who would preserve his legacies in the state during a breakfast meeting with state chapter of CAN held at Ibom Icon and Golf Resort.
He urged the Christian leaders to play down on succession matters and support his administration with fervent prayers to achieve his vision as encapsulated in the 8 point agenda to Akwa Ibom people, adding that his successor will be chosen by God.
He said it is only in Akwa Ibom State that people are channeling their energy to who will succeed unlike in other states in the South South region
He said, “It’s only in Akwa Ibom State that you hear of the call for successor, in Abia, Cross River or Rivers State, I have not heard, why is it only in Akwa Ibom day and night governor successor, successor they should leave me alone.
“The vote that you gave us let us give the dividends of democracy, let us even account for it. We cannot be a country where we think only of election and not the next generation.”
He added, “Please the noise is just too much, show me successor, even if God has shown me I am not going to show them yet, let’s work.”
He also advised fathers of faith in their various churches to create the consciousness of the emergence of the third wave of COVID-19 to their members to adhere to the safety measures, maintain high level of hygiene in order to reduce the rate of contracting the virus.
He further urged Christian leaders to create the awareness and sensitization about Voters’ Registration Exercise in their congregation, maintaining that Christians ought to take advantage of the exercise including registration of National Identification Number (NIN) in order to put the state ahead in data collection.
“Please the continuous voters’ registration is going on please can we endeavor to register, so many Christians are not registered voters. All thess ones we are saying will not make meaning if we don’t go out to register. When you are preaching in church ask your members have you gone to register?
“We keep cheating ourselves as a people, this National Identification Number if I check inside this room so many pastors do not have it, so let us not take these things for granted because some of these things are used as indices for revenue sharing but we don’t know. Population is one of it.”
Earlier, the chairman, Christian Association of Nigerian, Akwa Ibom State, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere, affirmed the support of Christian community in the state for Governor Udom Emmanuel, in his industrialization drive and the peaceful disposition of the state, pledging to stand by the governor in his succession plan.
Rev. Ekwere, conveyed the appeal of the Christian leaders to Governor Udom Emmanuel to name a Christian successor that will preserve the legacies he has bequeathed to the state.
“Your Excellency, we want to say emphatically that our major issues and reason for this meeting with you today is to appeal to you to preserve the legacies you have bequeathed to all Akwa Ibomites through industrialization, massive infrastructural development, you must not allow anybody who will worship God in pretence to succeed you in 2023.”