Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State was almost overwhelmed by the opposition during this year’s general election, but for God’s mercy.
Speaking in Uyo during the Victory Thanksgiving Service for the success of the PDP in the 2019 elections with the theme, ‘The Dangers of Ingratitude’, Emmanuel said God redeemed the state by giving him and the party victory.
Against the widely held view that former governor, Godswill Akpabio discovered him and made him governor, Governor Emmanuel said it was God that discovered him, as such, no man can cover him.
He pledged to serve the people of the state with all his might, strength, intellect and connection, and make them his priority, adding that God has given the state a new beginning and launched it into a new path.
He commended all the Christian leaders in the state, and the people for voting for him and all the elected PDP representatives at the National Assembly and State House of Assembly, noting that he would not disappoint them.
“At a point it seemed that we were almost overwhelmed but God showed forth. God raised a standard that was above man. Let me appreciate Akwa Ibom people because God used you to honour his name. God used you as an instrument to defend the gospel.
“I have never seen Akwa Ibom people coming out to show such love to any leader as the love you showed to me in this journey. I stand here to appreciate the Akwa Ibom people in all the villages, in all the units, in all the wards, in all the local government areas and in the entire state.
“I want to pledge that we will continue to serve God Almighty beyond any measurable doubt. I also pledge that we will render selfless service to humanity. We will not place our interest above the interest of the common man. I want to pledge to God Almighty that God will give us the grace to really work.
“We want to say with everything God will give us; every might, every wisdom, every intellect, every strength, every capacity, every connection that God has given to us; we will deploy it to serve Akwa Ibom people and God Almighty for not putting the Christians, for not putting us to shame.
“The battle that we have won today is not about Udom Emmanuel, the battle is not about one man, the battle is about the soul of Akwa Ibom state. I want to say, God has redeemed the Akwa Ibom state, God has given light, a new beginning, and that new beginning will launched us as a state into the path of righteousness, into the path of greatness, into the path that God has destined for us.
“No man shall be able to stop what God has destined for us. As a man we are not limited by our circumstances, we are limited by our faith in God. As a man, whoever God discovers, no man can cover. God discovered Udom Emmanuel, no man can cover Udom Emmanuel, no stranger can cover Udom Emmanuel. On righteousness we will build this state,” he said.
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus said it was only God who enabled the governor and the state to be victorious.
He said despite the use of the military against the people of the state, the Niger Delta regions and other parts of the country, the PDP has emerged victorious.
“I am convinced that beyond doubt, the Akwa Ibom government represented by Governor Udom Emmanuel has touched the heart of God. They invaded here with the army but they met with the armies of God.
“The entire Niger Delta was taken over by the military but God was on our side. He fought for us and had delivered Akwa Ibom and other states in the Niger Delta and He has also delivered other parts of the country,” he stated.
Bassey Akpan, a senator who led other elected PDP members in the National Assembly to thank God for their victory at the elections, promised that they would donate the sum of N60 million to support the building of the International Worship Centre in Uyo
Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, who preached on the need to thank God, said thanking God for what he has done will make him do more for you.
He, alongside Pastor Paul Enenche, prayed for the governor, his wife and the deputy governor, Moses Ekpo during the service.
ANIEFIOK UDONQUAK, Uyo