Governor Udom Emmanuel announced the Commissioner of Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno, as his preferred successor in the 2023 governorship elections in the state.
However, the youths insisted that the governor’s choice did not represent their collective interest and have asked Governor Udom Emmanuel not to interfere with their collective interest as it concerns the choice of who governs them in 2023.
But the youths told the governor that they don’t have any issue with whoever he has chosen as his preferred successor but demanded a free hand to enable them to support a candidate of their choice in the 2023 election.
The Coordinator of the group, Ekemini Smart, who stated this during the statewide mobilisation for Onofiok Luke, said they believed in his capacity and ability and have resolved to propagate his governorship ambition without let or hindrance.
He stated, “The governor’s decision was his personal decision; it did not represent our collective decision and the interest of the masses; so we will go ahead to pursue our collective interest.
“Onofiok Luke is the collective interest of Akwa Ibom people. We have come out to propagate that interest. The youths of Akwa Ibom believe so much in him because he has the leadership capacity; he has proven that to us in several leadership responsibilities.
“We believe in the mantra of the Amazing Grace and what the Onofiok Luke’s governorship represents. Onofiok Luke is the best candidate for Akwa Ibom State. He has proven over time that he is the best. He has full grasp of the grassroots; he knows how to relate with the masses and he has genuine love for people.”
The Coordinator of Amazing Grace Campaign Organisation in North America, Mr Otobong Umana, has charged the youths of the state to join the train of supporters for Onofiok Luke, he said, “it is time for the youths to rise up and take their destiny”.