By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Young Progressives Party (YPP) gubernatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom State, Senator Bassey Akpan has declared that he will remain a vessel in the hands of God, if elected the governor of the state in 2023.
Senator Akpan, who is representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in the Senate, and top contender to the State Hilltop Mansion in Uyo, made the declaration on Sunday during the thanksgiving and dedication of the campaign service of the YPP at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Ikot Ambang, Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state.
The Distinguished Senator Akpan, popularly addressed as ‘ ‘OBA’ said he and other candidates of the party were in the church to make a covenant with God that they will never disappoint the trust of the people when elected into offices from next year.
He told the congregation that his aspiration is to serve the people of the state as Governor and not for personal gain.
“My intention to be the Governor of Akwa Ibom State is to serve the people of Akwa Ibom State, not for my personal benefit or interest. As a Governor, I will remain a vessel in the hands of God”, he declared.
OBA told the congregation that he had gone through a lot of challenges in his quest to serve the people of the state.
“I am a Chairman of a Senate Committee in the National Assembly, and a two-term Senator, I haven’t been invited for any state event for the past several months. I don’t know what I have done wrong, but that is the will of God”, he noted.
The 2023 governorship hopeful also noted that their emergence as Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator, House Representatives members and House of Assembly will only be the will of God.
OBA said that his government will be the people’s government, assuring that every Akwa Ibom person will be carried along in his administration.
In his homily, Rev. Father Inemesit Udoh, said it is only God that makes leaders, adding that the role of the Church is just to pray.
“If God wills, He will take you to your direction. If OBA becomes the Governor, what Victor Attah did well; what Godswill Akpabio did well; what Udom Emmanuel did well, he would take to a greater hight.
“I have been told that you did the roofing of the school here. I also invite you to the roofing of Catholic Church Okopedi, Okobo. Onofiok Rowland has told me the great things you did for so many people.
“Kufre Andy had kidney crisis and the family struggled to raise money to send him to India for medical attention. One of our relatives met Pastor (Mrs.) Angela Ashong, and she met your wife. OBA, you provided the money. Kufre Andy went for the medical attention in India and came back alive”, the Cleric recalled.
“Anyone with good heart who wants to serve our state like you, may heaven support him”, Rev. Fr. Udoh prayed.
Highlights of the event included prayers for peaceful elections in the nation in 2023 led by Rev. Charles Asuquo and prayers for all candidates of the YPP in the 2023 general elections.