By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has given a green card to whom his heart will desire to succeed him in office and the qualities he must possess to receive his endorsement for 2023.
Emmanuel gave the pointers on Saturday in a state-wide broadcast to mark the sixth anniversary of his inauguration in office as the governor of the state since May 29, 2015.
But making his stance known, Governor Emmanuel said that only someone with a delightful heart to consolidate on the gains and foundations which his administration has laid down in the state will be annointed as successor.
Similarly, he said that the person in addition, must have local and international connections with a known e-mail address recognise by International business community.
Besides being God’s fearing and lover of peace, the would-be candidate will not be lover of frivolities and nepotism with extravagance life-style at the expense of the state, or giving greek-gifts to people to gain cheap popularity around town to be seen as “Ano owo Mkpo”.
Rhetorically Governor Emmanuel asked, “….Let me now ask you my dear Akwaibomites: Do you want a successor who will cancel out all the great strides in industrialization we have started? The peace we currently enjoy and return us to the years when violence and kidnapping reigned and sowed fear in the hearts and minds of the people? “Do you want a successor who will come with anger towards all we have done, as opposed to continuing with the great works we have started? Do you want a leader whose approach to testing his popularity would be to drive in a long convoy to “Ibom Plaza” and throw money at the hapless people, watching them scramble for the money and the people would say that’s “Ano owo Mkpo”! Is that the kind of a successor you want? Is that the kind of empowerment our people deserve?
“Someone who will bring out the worst in our youths rather than challenge them to seize the future and unleash their potentials? Do you want a successor who will relegate God to the background and assume an all-knowing power? Or do you desire a successor with a known e-mail address that the International business community recognises?
“Do you want a leader who will fritter away our commonwealth in search of cheap popularity or one who would utilize the resources and continue investing in projects with enduring value? Do you want a successor who would see Government as a cabal where our commonwealth would be shared among a privileged few or do you desire a leader who would continue to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of our people, a successor who understands the economic dynamics that shape our globalized space and would utilize those skills to advance our well-being?
“These are questions you have to provide answers, and the answers you provide would determine the type of a successor you deserve. “But let me state here that the Old Testament in Isaiah 43:16 aptly captures what we started in May 2015 and the direction of where we should be heading. “Using the New Living Translation, it says ”Behold, I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create a river in the dry wasteland” “Fellow Akwa Ibomites, God has started doing a new thing in our State. He has already made a pathway through the wilderness and has already created rivers in the dry land, and mark my words, we will not return to the type of leadership that is big on noise and small in the execution of the big picture items. We will never go backward on the peace in our land, the steady and focused developments we have started. The line in our State anthem has made this faith manifestly clear: Forward ever and backward never! “So my dear Akwa Ibomites, if what you are desiring is a successor who will not have the capacity and the discipline to build a state where you and your children will live in peace and strive to excel, if you are desiring a successor who will turn back the clock of our developmental strides, if you are desiring a successor who will bring out the worst in our youths as opposed to galvanizing their energies and challenging them to be the best they can be, if you are desiring a leader who would not efficiently utilize the resources of this State on projects that have redeeming value then I am sorry to disappoint you, God will not give us such a successor”, he concluded.
The Governor whose broadcast theme was, “GOD IS DOING A NEW THING IN AKWA IBOM STATE (Isaiah 43:10-19)” thanked God for using him to attract development to the state, stressing that his administration in six years inspite of daunting challenges, has attracted over 20 industries to the state with multiplier its effects on employment opportunities to the people and income generations to government.
He called on people of the state to continue to make meaningful contributions to enhance the development of the state, which he acknowledged has been blessed by God.
It would be recalled that so far, no fewer than 10 aspirants within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alone in the state are jostling for anointing by Governor Emmanuel as his successor ahead of 2023 general elections.