A section of youths in Akwa Ibom State has said that though the state governor has the right to choose his preferred governorship candidate, he should be neutral and not use his position to frustrate other aspirants.
The youths, numbering over 3,000 drawn across the 31 local government areas made the assertion in Uyo at a gathering to flag off a state-wide mobilisation for the governorship ambition of the member representing Etinan federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Onofiok Luke.
They said: “Governor Emmanuel’s interest is different from the collective interest of the youths and the majority of the people of the state for the position of governor in the 2023 general elections in the state. Because of the position of the governor, the youths agreed to pursue their collective interest to support the candidate of their choice, Onofiok Luke for the 2023 governorship outside Governor Emmanuel’s choice.”
Coordinator of the group called, The Onofiok Luke People’s Movement, Ekemini Smart, said the youths believe in Luke and have resolved to propagate his governorship ambition without let or hindrance.
“The governor’s decision was his personal decision; it did not represent our collective decision and the interest of the masses; so we will go ahead to pursue our collectivevinterest.
“Onofiok Luke is the collective interest of Akwa Ibom people. We have come out to propagate that interest. The youths of Akwa Ibom believe so much in him because he has the leadership capacity; he has proven that to us in several leadership responsibilities.
“We believe in the mantra of the Amazing Grace and what the Onofiok Luke’s governorship represents. Onofiok Luke is the best candidate for Akwa Ibom State.
“He has proven over time that he is the best. He has full grasp of the grassroots; he knows how to relate with the masses
and he has genuine love for people”, Smart said.
In a message to the group, the Coordinator of Amazing Grace Campaign Organisation in North America, Mr. Otobong Umana, charged youths of the state to join the train of supporters for Onofiok Luke, saying “it is time for the youths to rise up and take their destiny”.
In another goodwill message, Mr. Daniel Udo, said “Akwa Ibom people can vouch for Onofiok Luke and his leadership qualities”, the reason they were all coming out to launch a movement for him.
Inaugurating the chapter coordinators of The Onofiok Luke People’s Movement, Director General of Amazing Grace Campaign Organisation, Mr. Imo Udo, thanked the youths for mobilising themselves across the state to drum up support for Barr. Luke.
Udo said Luke’s governorship is for the collective interest of Akwa Ibom people, their well-being and their future.
“You came out here not by anybody’s prompting. You called us to come and witness what you people are doing. This shows that you believe in this course and have absolute trust in your friend, Onofiok Luke. I am proud of your conviction.”
“Onofiok Luke will protect the interest of every Akwa Ibom person including those residing in our state. He is the choice that every Akwa person craves to make.
“I’m urging you to go out there and appeal to our fathers, the leadership of the PDP, and delegates to please support Onofiok Luke.”, he said urging members of the group to go about the mobilisation peacefully.