The speculations and permutations surrounding who flag PDP as a candidate for the governorship election and eventually succeed Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has finally be brought to conclusion following the presentation of one of his cabinet members to succeed him as Governor in 2023.
The presention which took place at a well attended PDP Stakeholders’ Meeting held Sunday, 30th January,2022 at the Governor’s Lodge, in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel announced his Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno, as his preferred choice to succeed him.
The former Governor, Obong (Arc) Victor Attah, thereafter made the formal presentation of Pastor Eno to the Stakeholders comprising of major and leading political chieftains from the three Senatorial Districts of the state, the choice and presentation of Pst. Eno received applauds as stakeholders in the meeting pledged to work towards his emergence as the Governor of the State come 2023.
Pastor Eno spoke passionately and emotionally about how he grew up in the Police barracks and how dreary and challenging those days were, but he summoned hope to overcome those difficulties.
He said he was grateful to God and to Governor Emmanuel for finding him worthy of the onerous task to lead the people of the State and continue the people-focused and developmental strides of Governor Udom Emmanuel .
Bishop Uma Ukpai and the Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Mbang prayed for his success, a sentiment that was re-echoed by the Oku Ibom Ibibio and Chairman of State Council of Chiefs, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk.
In attendance were the Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo, MFR, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Senators Akon Eyakenyi, Effiong Bob, Ibok Essien, Aloysius Etok, former Deputy Governor, Etim Okpoyo, Member, representing Etinan Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Onofiok Luke, PDP Party Chairman, Elder Aniekan Akpan, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, the National Coordinator of the Maintain Peace Movement, (MPM) . Hon Pat Ifon, Member representing Eket Federal Constituency at the National Assembly and Member, PDP BOT, Chief Nduese Essien, a former Minister of Housing, Ambassador Assam Assam, SAN, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Russia , Fathers of Faith amongst other leading members of the state’s political class.