Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has given kudos to the Nigerian judiciary for living up to its billing as the last hope of the common man, saying the affirmation of his mandate by the Supreme Court shows that the judiciary is alive and well.
Emmanuel made the declaration yesterday in a dawn radio and television broadcast to the people of the state over the Supreme Court verdict the previous day that affirmed his election in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state.
“The institution of the judiciary is alive and well and is keeping watch over the evolution and the deepening of the culture and tradition of our nascent,” he declared. The governor lauded President Muhamadu Buhari for allowing all the three tiers of government to function smoothly without let or hindrance.
He called on members of the opposition political parties in the state to close ranks and join him in moving the state forward; noting that in any political contest, there must be a winner and a loser.
Emmanuel urged theindigenes and residents to remain law abiding and shun acts and tendencies that would cause public disaffection.
“The other side had a right to aspire to power, even though we don’t agree with their approach and mechanics.
“Politics should not be used as a wedge issue to divide brothers and sisters, politics should not be an instrument that creates disharmony among an otherwise homogenous people, and we should resist the impulse to stoke ethnic fire among otherwise happy brothers and sisters.
“As I have always stated: political foes of today may be political allies tomorrow-we should be guided by this ennobling ideal,” he stressed.
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