There was massive jubilation in Akwa Ibom on Friday when governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Obong Akanimo Udofia, officially presented his running mate, Mr. Victor Antai.
The APC guber flag bearer did the presentation to the Paramount Ruler of Mbo local government area, HRM Ogwong Okon Asukwo Abgang at his palace with a crowd of supporters.
The Director General, Akan Udofia campaign organisation, Mr. Don Etim, said it is in the nature of the campaign organisation to acknowledge and respect authorities.
While his running mate, Udofia said the fortunes of Akwa Ibom State will be changed and their joint ticket will serve as a union that God has blessed to usher in a new phase of development and shared prosperity for Akwa Ibom State.
Antai thanked the Royal palace for accepting them.
He said: “A robust prosperity is visiting the state. I accept to be the running mate of my boss, Obong Akanimo Asuquo Udofia.
“In me you’ve found a friend and we shall unify and prosper the state together.” He also appreciated the entire traditional institution for their support as he emerged Udofia’s running mate.
Responding, the paramount ruler of Mbo, His Royal Majesty Ogwong Okon Asukwo Abang, called for true leadership and also showered blessings on them.
Furthermore, Udofia proceeded to the Palace of the paramount ruler of Urue Offong Oruko, and Chairman Obio Ifong Isong Oro, HRM Offong Effiong Matthew Unanaowo, to present his running mate to the council and pledge for support.
In his response, the Paramount Ruler said Akan Udofia’s decision to come to oro nation and pick a running mate is a right choice and promised to stand firm with them.
Present at the event were His Royal Highness, Okokon Ita Issonsi 1 of Okobo Kingdom, Paramount Ruler of Oron LGA, His Highness, Etim Okwong, His Royal Majesty Odiong Akan, Chief Ekeng, Chief Samuel Onobo, Chief Engineer Etim Edet Okon.
Others include Chief Effiong Okon Uye, Chief Ulo Ante Uyeh, Chief Etinyin Edet N. Ekeng, Uya Oron Village Council led by Chief Cyril Bassey, scores of village heads, party faithful and Akan udofia Campaign organisation.