Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary Onofiok Luke has opposed Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel over his choice of preferred successor.
Emmanuel, on Sunday night in a stakeholders’ meeting, named his Commissioner for Lands and Water resources, Umo Eno as his preferred successor.
But Luke, who is one of the governorship’s aspirants in the forthcoming race, said he would not back down on his aspirations, insisting that he remained resolute in his determination to contest.
His words: “My supporters and those sympathetic to my cause should please note that we are as resolute as ever in our desire to give our people purposeful leadership in the office of the Governor come 2023.
“God’s Amazing Grace has always seen us through and will always see us through.
“I am not against the choice of the Governor coming from my local government, Federal Constituency or the aspiration of my brother.
“However, as a fellow aspirant from the same local government at the same advantage when successful, my aspiration to serve the state in the capacity of the Governor remains on course.”
The immediate past National Legal Adviser of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, explained the choice of Eno came after Governor Emmanuel consulted all relevant stakeholders in the state-backed up with prayers.
He explained that the choice of Umo Eno is dream come true for the organisation (Maintain Peace Movement), which has been praying for God to give Akwa Ibom a successor like Udom Emmanuel who will perpetuate and sustain peace in the State.
”So, God has revealed to our dear Governor Udom Emmanuel that Pastor Umo Eno will be the right person to succeed him after his tenure in 2023.