Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has again said that he will not be distracted by blackmails and petitions from those he describe as enemies of the State.
On the contrary, he has reassured that he remains focused on ensuring the completion of all projects initiated by his administration before he quits office in 2023.
He gave the assurance, Sunday at the Four Square Gospel Church, Afaha Ube, Itam, Itu during a special thanksgiving service to celebrate the elevation of the Attorney-General and State Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko as a Life Bench and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
While congratulating Nwoko on his elevation, the Governor noted that “there are those who saw Nwoko and greeted him, and even prayed for God to bless him to succeed as SAN but the same people submitted petitions against Nwoko as a SAN to the National Judcial Council.
“Some of them even greeted him and prayed the same prayer with the petition in their pockets, whereas, they were on their way to submit the petitions”.
He commended Nwoko’s family for deeming it fit to appreciate God on his elevation.
The Governor who wondered why some people would work against the development of their state, maintained that he was irrevocably committed to the industrialization of the state, and would not be deterred by whatever antics employed by detractors
“Three days ago, I got a message and you can fact-check anywhere that during the convention of the Apostolic Mount Olive Church, a young man, confessed before the congregation that he and some people went to the Coconut Plantation of the state government to destroy the coconuts and stop them from yielding.
“I always tell people not to worry about me, because I will finish strong and all projects initiated by my administration will be completed before I leave office.
“That is where my focus lies, not on all the blackmails you see, they don’t distract me.
He furthered “We thank the church for always praying for us, because that is our strength. Don’t be afraid for me at all because he that calls me is always there.
“Don’t pity me at all when you see blackmail against me, because any tree with good fruits will always attract sticks.
“Let me also tell people that you cannot rewrite the Bible. You cannot disrespect your father and think it will be well with you. That is in the Bible.
“If you want to be a Governor, you must first respect the seat of the Governor, because you cannot urinate on a seat and sit on it”.
In his thanksgiving speech, the celebrator, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko was full of appreciation to God and Governor Udom Emmanuel for giving him the platform that made it possible for him to be the first Nigerian to become a life bencher and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN in the same year.
Mother of the Attorney- General, Deaconess Eno Nwoko, a happy mother at 80, feeling fulfilled was beaming with smiles seeing her second son, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko (SAN) celebrating his elevation and her fourth son, Engr. Ime Nwoko celebrate his 50th birthday on the same day.
Among dignitaries that graced the thanksgiving service include, Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo, Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Godwin Abraham, Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court,
Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ita Mbaba, Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Members of the State Exco, House of Assembly Members, National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, Former Chairman of the PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo, Senator Aloysius Etuk, Service Commanders, Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commission, Chairman of Environmental Society, Mrs. Comfort Etuk, Local Government Chairmen, professional colleagues, Staff of the Ministry of Justice, friends and well wishers, among others.
Guests were later treated to a celebration reception at Sheergrace Arena, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo, where a Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Inyang Okoro Justice presided as Chairman of the ceremony.