Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that the presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has nothing to bring to the table for Nigerians except rains of abuses and insult on people’s well-defined manifesto.
Speaking at Government House, Uyo on Monday during the swearing-in of new Permanent Secretaries, chairmen and members of Boards as well as the inauguration of Transition Committee for smooth transfer of power to the incoming administration in the state. Udom said despite being insulted by Tinubu, he would prefer to allow peace to reign by ignoring Tinubu and his empty gang and focus on helping to install good governance and rescue Nigerians from their present woes.
Tinubu during his rally in Uyo on Monday, apparently referring to Udom, said in pidgin, “Akwa Ibom, that Boy wey bring Atiku here, wey dey call himself Governor, tell him enough is enough! He lives in my backyard in Lagos, If no be say we be one, I would have driven him home. You see that mansion he is living in, I would just use lizards, pigeons and scorpions and put inside.”
Reacting to Tinubu’s comments, Akwa Ibom State Governor said, for the country to be peaceful, one party must ‘play saint’ and that is why he would refrain from replying Tinubu.
Udom who is the Chairman of the PDP presidential campaigns Council said he had visited other states in his campaign but had not mentioned Tinubu at any rally.
“I also go to other states, and if you watch our campaigns, my principal (Atiku Abubakar) has never spoken about any Governor, he has never spoken openly about Asiwaju before.”
He said it was unfortunate that Tinubu, who was granted State-owned facilities in Akwa Ibom such as the airport, security, stadium, and a good atmosphere to come in and sell his manifesto, ended up coming to insult the integrity of over 7.9 million Akwa Ibom people.
The Governor wondered if any Akwa Ibom person can visit Lagos that Tinubu stays or the actual State that he hails from, and insult him in the same manner and still be allowed to safely return home.
“But here our people at the Stadium including some state governors just laughed and applauded him.
“What makes him think he will govern Nigeria? If I reply him now, people will call me and say, haba oga you are not like that. But I will reply him one day. There is nothing like ’emilokan’ (it is my turn) here, Nigeria is in God’s hands.”
Udom observed that despite being the highest revenue contributor to the federation account, the state has not gotten a single kilometre of road from the APC-led Federal Government for nearly 8 years adding that the poor response from the federal government also caused the delay in the commencement of Seaport in the state.
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