Members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly have congratulated Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel on the recent validation of his election by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
In a resolution passed on Tuesday, the House commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other Judges of the Supreme Court for upholding the independence and integrity of the country’s judiciary.
The resolution of the House is sequel to an information brought before the assembly during plenary by the member representing Ukanafun, Hon. Otobong Jonathan, who urged the House to formally send a congratulatory message to the governor on the affirmation of his election by the apex court.
Hon. Jonathan said the Supreme Court ruling has reaffirmed the wishes of the people of the state who voted overwhelmingly for Governor Udom Emmanuel in the April 2015 governorship election. In their contributions, members of the House spoke unanimously in support of the congratulatory message describing it as well deserved. On her part, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Princess Felicia Bassey, said the victory of Deacon Udom Emmanuel has strongly sent the message that Akwa Ibom State is not for sell.
Also contributing, the member representing Urueofong Oruko, Hon. Asuquo Archibong of the APC congratulated the governor noting that the legal battle has been fought and won, and described
Governor Emmanuel’s victory as the will of God. He said: “I can remember that the governor said that the Supreme God will take his case to the Supreme Court and that is what has happened. Power is not by our making, but it is of God. I totally align my self with my colleagues to congratulate His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel on his victory”.
Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Nse Essien described the information raised by his Ukanafun colleague as worth celebrating, and used the opportunity to congratulate the electorate whom he noted voted for the governor regardless of party lines in the last election. While thanking the Supreme Court for upholding the independence of the judiciary, the ONNA lawmaker commended President Buhari for allowing the judiciary assert its independence.
Others who spoke included, Hon. Otobong Ndem, Barr. Ime Okon, and Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen described the ruling as victory for democracy, and enjoined those in the opposition party to sheathe their swords and embrace the olive branch extended to them by the governor.
Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke commended the judiciary for proving itself to be the last hope of the common man. He thanked President Buhari for not interfering in judicial matters.