Governor Udom Emmanuel at the weekend got the full backing of Igbo Community in Akwa Ibom State for his reelection.
At the annual Igbo/Cultural Day celebration held at Christ the King School, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo on Sunday, the Igbos comprising Anambra, Abia, Imo, Enugu and Ebonyi States affirmed their support for the reelection bid of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Speaking with our reporter on the sideline of the occasion, the Chairman of the Event Planning Committee, Amb. Daniel Chukwuma, said the Igbos have enjoyed a favourable business environment under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, adding that the governor has brought stability to the economy of the state.
He said Governor Emmanuel has brought peace and security, noting that without peace, there’s can be no progress. In his words: “He has brought enormous peace in the state, stability in economy, and thereby giving us the Igbos in Akwa Ibom the opportunity to thrive, exploit and expand in whatever we are doing in this state which are all legitimate and geared towards contributing our quota to the economic development of the state.”
Deacon Chukwuma also commended the governor for his strides in the area of industrialisation, noting that his programmes and policies have endeared the Igbos to the governor, stressing that they are solidly behind his second term bid.
He called on Ndigbo to keep doing their businesses without running foul of the law or engaging in acts that may cause a problem between them and their host communities.
Describing the occasion as the best of its kind, the CEO of DOMPEC Global Resources LTD, said the reason for making the event unique was to emphasise the unity and pride of Igbos in Akwa Ibom, adding that it’s also an avenue to celebrate the ingenuity of Igbos in the business field in the state.
On his part, Chairman on the occasion and ex-deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) University of Uyo, Prof. Joseph Nwabueze, called on Ndigbo to remain united, law-abiding and peaceful as they go about their daily activities.
He stated that the occasion is designed to preach peace and unity irrespective of where one comes from. He said the Igbos must love themselves and behave as brothers, adding that the Igbos, no matter where they find themselves are always conscious of the need to be thankful and appreciative to God for His faithfulness.
The University Don commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for creating the enabling environment for Igbos and other non indigenes to live and thrive in their businesses, pointing out that it’s not the same in some states.
“I thank Akwa Ibom for receiving the Igbos and other tribes and also for accommodating us. We must do everything to live peacefully,” he noted.
In his address at the occasion, the new President General of Igbo Community in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Sunday Orie, thanked God for His infinite mercies in making the day a reality.
While thanking the Ndigbo for turning out in large number for the occasion, he noted that as the 7th President of Ndigbo in the state, he is tasked with the responsibility of uniting the different factions that exist among the Igbos in Akwa Ibom, erecting a befitting community centre for Ndigbo in Uyo and procuring a coaster bus to take care of the transportation needs of the people, among other needs.
The CEO of Ugo Parker Motors LTD commended the governor of the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for what he described as his selfless love to his people and the Igbos, adding that his good policies are evident in the numerous life touching projects of his administration.
The Ebekuo Ndigbo said the governor has done well in the area of road infrastructure, among others. He also commended Mr. Emmanuel for his strides in the industrialisation sector, noting that the Coconut factory in Mkpat Enin, Hatchery in Uruan, Syringe factory in Onna, among others bear testament to the fact that he means well for the state.
Elder Sunday Orie, thanked the governor for his peaceful disposition, adding that kidnapping, maiming, killings and other sundry crimes have disappeared thereby “leaving the state relatively peaceful which is a prerequisite for business to thrive.”
While commending the governor for his prompt payment of salaries to workers including defrayment of backlog of arrears and giving out of interest-free loans to traders, he stated that the governor deserves a second term, stressing that the Igbos are totally in support of his reelection come 2019.
At the occasion was also the immediate past President General of Igbo Community in Uyo, Elder Emmanuel Chukwu, who symbolically handed over the baton of office to the new Executive Council led by his successor, Chief Sunday Nwaora Orie.
Elder Chukwu thanked God for giving him the grace to have served the Igbos as President General, adding that it was a unique experience. He urged the new leadership to keep the flag of Igbo community flying in the state.
In a brief response, the new president, Elder Nwaora, pledged not to disappoint Ndigbo, adding that he’ll lead by example and with the fear of God.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Elder Imoh Okon, commended the Igbos for their sense of comradeship, noting that wherever Ndigbo find themselves, they always love to form themselves into associations.
While thanking them for pledging their unflinching support to the reelection of Mr. Udom Emmanuel, he urged them to close ranks and build bridges of unity. He promised to work with other stakeholders to see how to resolve the lingering power tussle which has led to fictionalisation among the Igbos.
The Uyo council boss, called on the new leadership to sustain peace and unity among Ndigbo, noting that they should extend the same support given to him when he sought to be Chairman of Uyo LGA to the second term aspiration of Governor Emmanuel.
On his part, the Paramount Ruler of Uyo LGA, Edidem Sylvanus Effiong Okon, who was represented, urged the Igbos to live in unison and shun all acts of division. He assured them of continued peace and corporation from the state as they go about their daily legitimate businesses.
The event was attended by various groups including the AREWA Community who came to show solidarity to the Igbos. They pledged to keep living peacefully with their neighbours.
The event which witnessed various cultural displays also had women from each of the five states stage a performance to the admiration of all.
Also at the occasion was the Eze Ndigbo in Uyo and his wife, Eze & Lolo Barth Nnaemeka Okpala; Mr. Marcel Ofamata, Amaecom Global Limited, among other dignitaries.