Former Governors of Akwa Ibom State and their deputies, under the aegis of the Committee of Former Governors and Deputy Governors of Akwa Ibom State (CFGDGA), have resolved to shade their swords and work together in the interest of peace and development of the State.
The group of elder’s statesmen, which was led by its chairman; Obong Victor Attah said the resolve came on the heels of the Supreme Court victory which reaffirmed the election of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Nigerian Tribune reports that; the leader of the group, Obong Attah, was governor of Akwa Ibom between 1999 and 2007, was among other key politicians opposed to the emergence of Udom Emmanuel, as Akpabio’s successor.
But, under the aegis of (CFGDGA), the former leaders of the State resolved it was time jettison every sentiments and work for unity, peace and development of Akwa Ibom, as the ultimate winner in the contest.
Chairman of the Forum and his former Deputy, Obong Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong, Secretary, signed the statement along with others including Godswill Akpabio and former Deputies-Amb. Etim Okpoyo, Sir Michael Udofia, Engr. Patrick Ekpotu and Lady Valarie Ebe.
“It is quite a relief that the Supreme Court has at last given a final determination in your favour regarding your election.
“With this confirmation of your mandate, we bring you our best wishes for a successful and peaceful tenure.
“So far, by your demonstration that decorum and not impunity should guide and regulate our affairs, you are already on the right path. By affirming your desire to create employment and engage our people, you have inspired hope. By constantly reiterating your emphasis on industrialization and not indecent and selective demonstration of patronages to loyalists, you have made a bold statement.
“Let the task of reconciliation and putting back our people together be considered one of your most urgent tasks towards achieving these goals.
We pledged our ought most cooperation and support in the rebuilding process of the state. The group vowed.