The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has alerted that the the opposition had perfected plans to cause mayhem and disrupt the forthcoming general elections in the state.
Addressing the journalist after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, Emmanuel however said he would not be distracted by the antics of his political opponents in his state.
He maintained that only God ultimately gives power and that he was not afraid of losing re-election next year.
“There is something you people must know. When it comes to power it is only God who determines and we are conscious of that. We are professionals who have made names in other places. So, when people just discuss some of these things we keep doing our own businesses.
“At times, some of these things are to distract you but we refuse to be distracted. We play politics of development and our people are seeing that. So, whatever would have tried in any way to distract us we don’t want to be distracted. So, don’t be bothered about that. It is only God who determines what happens the next minute, not man. And no man is God,” he said
He also said anyone planning violence and war in Akwa Ibom was wasting his time as the people have resolved to be peaceful and will remain so.
He however pointed out that such threats from any quarters were being noted even at the level of the presidency, and that he believed there is no cause for alarm.
“At the moment, Akwa Ibom State is very peaceful. We only hear of those plots. I am sure you people heard where people were pronouncing that Warsaw, Warsaw, and that’s what they wish Akwa Ibom would be.
“But we indigenes are saying no, we are peaceful and we want to maintain peace. Whoever wants to live by Warsaw, will also see war on his own, not within the state. Because, most of those people that make these pronouncements, ask them where are their children?
“So, who are those children that you are pronouncing this Warsaw for? Election does not call for that. That’s not democracy!
“People can give different kinds of meanings for democracy, but that’s not democracy. Our own democracy is about development and I think we’re conscious of that. As of today in terms of internal security I think we are still doing very well and we’ll continue to carry everybody along.” he said.