Speaking in Uyo, the state capital, during the commissioning of Spectrum Television, the first private cable television station in the state, Emmanuel said he meant well for the State.
“Let me say this emphatically, I mean well for this State, that is why I waited for God to show me the man who would continue with the pace of developmental strides we have started in the last six plus years and then move the needle even further.
“Pastor Umo Eno is a highly respected person; he has enormous capacity, is an epitome of humility, and is blessed with the common touch, a compelling story and is God- fearing.
“He is a successful entrepreneur who has employed our people, lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity.
“He will be coming to the office of Governor with an economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people.
“He is a man of peace and will ensure that the peace and security of life we have enjoyed in the last six plus years will be maintained. His life story resonates with the story of most ordinary Akwa Ibom people,” he stated.
The Governor said Eno’s story is a testament to the Dakkada philosophy of the state, “one that will inspire and motivate our youths”.
He noted that through hard work, Eno overcame his early difficulties and became an entrepreneur, one of the biggest employers of labour in the state.
He revealed that he never looked for a surrogate to do a third term but rather was looking for a man of exceptional capacity, of peace and humility and urged all peace loving and progress minded Akwa Ibom citizens to rally round and support God’s choice.