Akwa Ibom gov’s aide cautions against electoral violence

Ahead of the kick-off of the 2023 general election campaigns across the country, a Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on media, Rev Richard Peters, has cautioned the political class against the campaign of calumny and violence that could heat up the polity.

He warned politicians and their supporters, especially the opposition parties not to capitalise on the peaceful disposition of the governor by taking the laws into their hands.

The governor’s aide who is also a pastor with the African Church, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, said this on Friday while interacting with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

He said, “As the campaigns for the 2023 elections are going to kick off in less than 10 days, I urge the politicians to play by the rules and avoid campaigns of bitterness and calumny, especially against the government of the day.

“It is obvious that the governor has created a platform where political participation thrived with fairness, equity and peace. Prior to this administration, there was political turbulence, you dare not challenge the power of the day, it was either you were kidnapped or your family member kidnapped, sometimes killed.

“Looking at Akwa Ibom now, such a thing does not exist rather you see a governorship aspirant block the road without government being perturbed about it. The Aspirants move freely to radio stations to attack the government which they benefited from, and the governor will ignore all those things because of his peaceful nature.”

Peters noted that the governor has never interfered in any institutional processes of a group in chosing its’ leadership unlike what was obtainable in the past.

“Unlike what we had in the past, in court, there were lots of litigations where a government official attempted to impose who becomes the village head of a village. Governor Emmanuel’s stance has shown that a leader can rise to popularity even by peaceful disposition and allowing things to thrive freely,” he said.

He lauded the governor for maintaining peace in the state and also bringing infrastructural strides which had in turn lifted thousands of youths out of the streets as well as fostering economic development in the state.

Peters added, “We were known for hotels, supermarkets, filling stations, but those things have changed we can boast of State-owned Airline, Syringe manufacturing, flour mill and other industries.

“Our youths used to hang around politicians but now they get busy in their farms, construction companies etc. What the governor has done will outlive his administration,” Peters said.

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