Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of deliberately withholding derivation funds due to his state for political reasons.
Emmanuel said within two months, “they have dropped the allocation of my state by N6.8 billion all in the name of politics; that is what is going on.”
He described the Federal Government’s action as ‘political witch-hunt’ against the state, and urged Nigerians to be careful who they elect as President in 2019.
The governor spoke yesterday at the Government House, Uyo, when a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kabiru Aminu Turaki, led his campaign team on a visit.
On the preparation for next year’s elections, Emmanuel said PDP governors would not interfere with party primaries in their states.
“Governors elected on the PDP platform are determined not to influence the party primary election but to ensure that the exercise is free and fair,” Emmanuel said.
He hailed the quality of PDP presidential aspirants seeking the ticket, and suggested that aspirants should present their manifesto to Nigerians on live television.
“All power belongs to God. If you must get there, no power can stop you. Whoever God destined to be the president of our country will be and God will use us to bring that person to power,” he said.
Emmanuel noted that everything will be done to ensure success of the party at the poll.
The governor described the purported notice of impeachment to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom by eight APC legislators as regrettable and undemocratic.
Turaki described Emmanuel as the most performing governor in the country, whose achievements should be replicated in other states.
The presidential aspirant said: “When you want a government that will permeate all the strata of human society, when you want the people to feel the positive impact of democracy dividends, you do not just get anybody into elective position, you look at their pedigree, background, accomplishments and what they stand for and that will determine what they bring to the table.”