By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs has thrown their weight and affirmed the rotational principle in the political governance of state to ensure that justice and fairness remain the cardinal point for the development plan of government.
This position becomes paramount as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and the major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) battle for the sole of the state come March 9 governorship and houses of assembly elections.
While PDP is presenting Governor Udom Emmanuel who is seeking a second term in office as its candidate, APC has the immediate past managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Obong Nsima Ekere as its governorship candidate for the elections.
The monarch at their extraordinary meeting today in Uyo, the state capital, reviewed the historical perspective of Akwa Ibom State and the need for justice, fairness, oneness, unity, and equity, issued a communique affirming the rotational principle in the political governance of the state.
They resolved that politics or personal ambition of anybody should not be taken to the extreme or allowed to distort the well-established unity accord in the state.
Their words, “The Council affirmed that since Akwa Ibom North East and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts had taken their turns respectively to produce Governors of Akwa Ibom State from 1999-2007 and 2007 – 2015, with each of the occupants having eight (8) years of two tenures each, same principle should apply to the current incumbent who is from Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District.
“In this wise, the conclave affirmed total support for Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel the current Governor to serve for two terms of eight (8) years and after which political power will shift to Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district in 2023 in line with the unity accord in Akwa Ibom State.
“The Council emphasized that justice and fairness remains cardinal ingredients for unity and development to prevail and as such politics or personal ambition should not be taken to the extreme or allowed to distort the well-established unity accord in Akwa Ibom State.
“The council called on the Akwa Ibom State electorate to go out en-mass to participate in the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly Elections on Saturday, March 09, 2019
“The Meeting urged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure free, fair, credible, transparent and acceptable elections. It also advised the Police, Army and other security agencies to ensure impartiality in their security support and coverage of the elections.
“The Council admonished all Akwa Ibom people to maintain peace and order and directed all traditional rulers to take the message of peace as proclaimed by the conclave to their clans, villages, hamlets and domains”, the communique stated.
The meeting which was presided over by the HRM, Edidem Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan, Paramount Ruler of Ini Local Government Area and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs as ably represented by the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, HRM Edidem Udo Joe Ntuk Obom Xll, was attended by Paramount Rulers, Clan Heads, Village Heads and other Traditional Rulers of Akwa Ibom State.