By Okon Bassey in Uyo
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday said it was only God that made it possible for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and other candidates of the party in the state to win the 2019 general elections.
The PDP National Chairman made the declaration at a Victory Thanksgiving Service held by Governor Emmanuel and the State PDP leadership in the state at the Nest of Champion International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Prince Secondus noted that despite the use of the military against the people of the state, the Niger Delta regions and other parts of the country, the PDP still emerged victorious in the elections.
“I am convinced that beyond doubt, the Akwa Ibom Government represented by Governor Udom Emmanuel has touched the heart of God. They invaded here with the army but they met with the armies of God.
“The entire Niger Delta was taken over by the military but God was on our side. He fought for us and had delivered Akwa Ibom and other states in the Niger Delta and He has also delivered other parts of the country,” he declared.
Governor Emmanuel while addressing the mammoth crowd said the opposition party in the state almost overwhelmed the ruling PDP in the state during the 2019 polls but God gave them victory.
Speaking on the theme of the Service, ‘The Dangers of Ingratitude’ the governor thanked God for the success of the PDP in the 2019 elections stressing that God redeemed the state by giving him and the party victory.
Governor Emmanuel dismissed the widely held claim that former governor, Godswill Akpabio discovered him and made him governor of Akwa Ibom State stating that it was God that discovered him, as such, no man can discover him.
He pledged to serve the people of the state will all his might, strength, intellect and connection, and make them his priority, adding that God has given the state a new beginning and launched it into a new path.
He commended all the Christian leaders in the state, and the people for voting for him and all the elected PDP representatives at the National Assembly and State House of Assembly, assuring that he would not disappoint them in the course of governance.
“At a point it seemed that we were almost overwhelmed but God showed forth. God raised a standard that was above man. Let me appreciate Akwa Ibom people because God used you to honour his name. God used you as an instrument to defend the gospel.
“I have never seen Akwa Ibom people coming out to show such love to any leader as the love you showed to me in this journey. I stand here to appreciate the Akwa Ibom people in all the villages, in all the units, in all the wards, in all the local government areas and in the entire state.
“I want to pledge that we will continue to serve God Almighty beyond any measurable doubt. I also pledge that we will render selfless service to humanity. We will not place our interest above the interest of the common man. I want to pledge to God Almighty that God will give us the grace to really work.
“We want to say with everything God will give us; every might, every wisdom, every intellect, every strength, every capacity, every connection that God has given to us; we will deploy it to serve Akwa Ibom people and God Almighty for not putting the Christians, for not putting us to shame.
“The battle that we have won today is not about Udom Emmanuel, the battle is not about one man, the battle is about the soul of Akwa Ibom state. I want to say, God has redeemed the Akwa Ibom state, God has given light, a new beginning, and that new beginning will launched us as a state into the path of righteousness, into the path of greatness, into the path that God has destined for us.
“No man shall be able to stop what God has destined for us. As a man we are not limited by our circumstances, we are limited by our faith in God. As a man, whoever God discovers, no man can cover. God discovered Udom Emmanuel, no man can cover Udom Emmanuel, no stranger can cover Udom Emmanuel. On righteousness we will build this state,” he said.
On his part, Senator Bassey Akpan who led other elected PDP members in the National Assembly to thank God for their victory at the elections, promised that they would donate the sum of N60 million to support the building of the International Worship Centre in Uyo
Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, who preached on the need to thank God said thanking God for what he has done will make him do more for you.
He, alongside Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche prayed for the governor, his wife and the deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo and others during the thanksgiving service.