. Gov Udom being anointed by the religious leaders recently
It was supposed to be just an interactive session ion, the very first of its kind in the State. Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel walked into the banquet hall prepared to take tough questions from the fathers of faith.
On seat were Prelate Emeritus of Methodist Church Nigeria Sunday Mbang; the legendary Dr Uma Ukpai; Archbishop Cletus Bassey; Dr Sylvanus Ukafia and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman in the state, Reverend Ndueso Ekwere and over 200 other church leaders.
In less than 30 minutes, Emmanuel had covered areas such as industralisation, job creation, healthcare, education and health answering their questions.
Apparently moved by his impressive answers, 81-year-old Mbang moved a motion for the adoption of Emmanuel for a second term come 2019.
He said: “One of the things that endear me to the governor is his transparent Christianity. This governor is real and touchable. He has transformed the State in less than three years in office.
“If you are here and want him to continue, promising to support him with prayers and mobilization please rise to the feet before God and man.”
There was no single cleric on the seat again. All of them rose with standing ovation to declare support for the governor’s reelection bid.
Not done, Mbang added: “We have adopted Udom as our governor for 2019. Udom is the Christian candidate for 2019.
“We would talk about Udom and governance from the pulpits. He is fighting cult members, kidnappers and criminals without relenting. He is developing and transforming our state.
“I want this man to come back and continue his good works. Whether they like it or not, Udom will be reelected come 2019.”
The hall vibrated with excitement. Mbang kept a long face, determined to make his point. Ukpai clapped and clapped. He nodded in complete agreement with Mbang.
Bassey declared Emmanuel is taking the state to the Promised Land. “This is one man who is unafraid of leading us. We have seen glimpses of the Promised Land and we shall ensure he takes us there.
“With him, we have witnessed unprecedented development and advancement. We have left Egypt. We have moved closer and closer to the land of God,” he stated.
Bassey went on: “In 2015, time happened to you and the church produced in you a worthy governor and ambassador of the church. You came as a prayer answered.
“In 2015, we crossed the red Sea. As 2019 beckons, we stand before the river Jordan. We have the confidence that He who started with us will perfect it.
“We are ready to wade into the Jordan River that is opened to you. We know we would be called all kinds of names but we don’t mind. We will pray and work for Akwa Ibom.
“We will not allow you to walk alone. Your success is the success of the State. We see in you a tool in the hands of God. You have done well as a governor.
“We are meeting at Gilgal to renew our faith in God and confidence in your leadership. Though your paths be dark, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
“You will not stumble because we will be there for you. Together we shall overcome the Goliaths.”
Ekwere declared: “It’s an historic and unprecedented day. We want to say that we love you and appreciate the transformation you have bought to the state.
“The church bought you up and we are standing by you. The people here pray, defend and fight for you. We love you so much that we will stand by you.”
Ukpai, who has been smiling and enjoying the spectacle, finally spoke up. “It’s not every day you get a Christian as a politician. He has come to wipe your tears. I am not only asking that we adopt but also pray that God should anoint him more.
“He came not to repeat but he is sent by God to redeem us. We have overstayed in Horeb. Our own Moses has come. We owe him a prayer support. It is a debt we must pay.
“I want to thank him for accepting to serve because we are a difficult people. I believe you were sent by God to transform our economy to an industrialised one.
“God will raise only dedicated and honest men to work with you. Don’t be afraid of anybody because when God has accepted to do something for a man, He must do it,” he declared.
While the show was on, Emmanuel simply watched in bewilderment. It was his turn to respond to all the fathers of faith said.
“This is one of the amazing days since I was born. I just cannot believe that this is happening and I feel so humbled and overwhelmed.
“I have nothing to add than to say once the fathers of faith have spoken, I have no choice but to accept the challenge. This calls for a high level of responsibility and I know you will help me ask God to help me through.”
He stated that the foundation laying ceremony of the ecumenical worship centre he promised during the electioneering campaign will take place on January 21 unfailingly.
He said the 10,000-seater auditorium will further move Akwa Ibom closer to God, assuring “it will be elegant and simple. I have more burden on it than you can imagine.”
. Culled from TheNation