The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for Etinan Federal Constituency, Barr. Onofiok Luke has implored voters not to exhibit fear in the forthcoming elections, as no State agent will truncate the common will of Akwa Ibom people.
Luke declared that those seeking to take over power from Governor Udom Emmanuel are not doing so for the best interest of the masses but the interest of a cabal.
Speaking at the flag off of his House of Representative’s campaign in Northern Iman Ward 1, on Tuesday, Etinan Local Government Area, the Speaker revealed that those who want to overthrow Governor Udom Emmanuel, have always been talking about their interest not that of the masses in their private conversation.
“We are satisfied with the security and prosperity we have seen under Governor Udom Emmanuel. Don’t be violent.
“I stand on the authority that in 2010, we advocated for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to do two terms in one person, which was Senator Akpabio. Today, a man of conscience would look at a man he wine and dine to betray him.
“History has already recorded that and we don’t want history to record that kind of thing again for our children that is why we decided to stand with Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel till the end.
“The reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel is more important to me than my election because you need the government at home to partner in order to bring dividends of democracy back to people.”
On what he intends to do in the green chamber, the Speaker vowed to remain an unsilenced voice that will defend the collective interest of all and promised constant constituency briefing that will be laced with empowerment.
The lawmaker warned against violence during elections, noting that PDP is not violent in nature.
Earlier in his remark, the Local Government Chairman, Honourable Cletus Ekpo, assured the Speaker of the unflinching support of Etinan people, adding that sea of heads that thronged his reception was never paid or borrowed crowd.
In his words, the former chairman of the local government, Isantim Kenneth Okon, urged the Speaker to fear not, as the people of Etinan Local Government Area will vote for him.
Also speaking, the Leader of Etinan Legislative Council, Hon. John Udofia said the people of Northern Iman Ward 1, were happy for the respect shown to them by Barr. Luke.
He urged the PDP House of Representatives candidate to be sure of his victory at the coming polls.
The Speaker also visited Asang Ward 1 in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area and, Ward 1, in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area.