By Gabriel Olawale
Akwa Ibom supporters of the second term aspiration of Governor Udom Emmanuel based in Lagos took their support to the streets of the nation’s capital over the weekend. The supporters under the aegis of different support groups engaged themselves in what was styled as a 5,000 Man March for Governor Emmanuel during which the recent defection of Emmanuel’s predecessor became a talking point.
The groups comprising All Akwa Ibom Indigenes in Lagos for Udom 2019; Non-stop Integrity Group; Mboho Ndito Akwa Ibom, Lagos; The Pace Setters Organisation; Zenith Friends International and Green Light 4 Udom.
Mrs. Nsikan Ukpanah, Personal Assistant to the wife of Akwa Ibom Governor on Protocol Matters, Mrs. Nsikan Ukpanah who addressed the supporters urged voters in the state to ensure that they collect their PVCs to enable them to have a say in their political future. She said the people were not intimidated by the defection of Akpabio to the opposition APC.
“We are not intimidated at all; it is a free world. You are free and have the right to go anywhere you want to go to. The people of Akwa Ibom voted Governor Emmanuel to power in 2015 when they didn’t even know him; now they know him, they will vote him back again. We are not intimidated. We are not afraid of anybody. One man is not enough to make the governor stay back; it is the people that matters,” she said.