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The traditional ruler of Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Okuku Umo, has said members of his community will reciprocate Governor Udom Emmanuel’s goodwill to them by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the 2023 elections.
He said though his people (Obot Akara) did not know the PDP governorship candidate, Umo Eno that much, they would count on the goodwill of the governor to vote for him during the elections.
The royal father spoke on Friday at his palace while fielding questions from newsmen.
He lauded Governor Emmanuel for his rural transformation programmes, which he said had facilitated commerce and engendered economic development among the rural dwellers, adding that his people would remain grateful to the PDP-led administration in the state.
The projects include the completed Nto Edino-Ekwerazu road with two bridges, ongoing Nto Ide-Ikot Amba-Ikot Osom Road linking Ikot Umo Essien-Ikot Inemme-Aba Road, the 4.2km Abak Ifia – Ikpe Mbak Eyop-Ikot Abia Osom-Nko Road project, 6.36km Nko-Ikot Abia Osom-Ikpe Mbak Eyop Road and several others.
The monarch said, “Governor Emmanuel has done a lot of things but we will particularly commend him for Ekwerazu road and bridges. Successive government’s had promised to fix that road, but failed to do so. We can’t count the number of lives lost on that bridge.
“We will not cease to thank the governor that has given us that bridge and the road. This is one project I will not cease to say ‘God bless him.’
“By helping to connect Obot-Akara with other parts of the state, myself and the entire Ikpe mbak Eyop and Obot Akara people as a whole will vote Umo Eno.
“This for us will be like a transfer of love for the bridge and other numerous projects the governor has provided for us in Obot Akara.
“You may not understand what those roads, especially the Nto Edino bridge means for us. We have lost so many lives. Even if that was all the project the governor did, we would have been happy with him. But he has gone ahead to build another bridge at Ikot Amba and he is doing other roads here. We pray every day about the governor that God should bless him.”