Governor warned over preferred successor as Militants issue ultimatum
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has been warned not to impose anyone as his successor on the people of the state.
The warning was issued by militants, under the aegis of ‘Unyekisong Akwa Ibom’, who have given the governor a one-month ultimatum to rescind his endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred successor.
The militants warned that they will not fold their hands and watch the governor impose anyone on the State, even though they didn’t state the action they would take should the governor failed to heed their warning.
They criticised Governor Emmanuel over his recent endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno as his successor, saying the action was a huge threat to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) family and the entire state.
In a statement issued in Uyo on Wednesday and entitled: ‘Unyekisong Ibom reject Imposition of POS Governor” by General Ekpo Ekpo, Commander Akan Bassey and Commander Sampson Umanah, the militants insisted that Akwa Ibom people must be allowed to elect their next governor.
The statement reads in part: “The Coalition of all Freedom Fighters and pressure group in Akwa Ibom state have been meeting for the past few days to review the current political situation in state/endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“Unyekisong Akwa Ibom totally rejects and condemn the endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno as the next governor of Akwa Ibom state by Governor Udom Emmanuel and state strongly that this is unacceptable.
“The endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno is not only a threat to the PDP family but the entire state which will bring anarchy, insecurity and killings. The nomination of a particular candidate by the governor and leader of the party is totally unjust and unfair to other governorship aspirants in the state.
“After carefully studying the report submitted by credible sources, we have come to the conclusion that the endorsement of Pastor Umo Eno is not for the benefit of the state but would rather serve as a POS and commissioner to Mr. Udom Emmanuel after leaving office to siphon money.
“We therefore give the Governor one month ultimatum to withdraw his support for Pastor Umo Eno, go back to the drawing board and do proper consultations before making further statements concerning his successor, failure shall be disastrous as we will not fold our arms and watch his imposition unchallenged”.
They called on political leaders, traditional rulers, elders, women, youths and entire masses of the State to get their PVCs to enable them fight any form of imposition in 2023.