Ibom Future Leaders’ Forum, an umbrella body of youths in Akwa Ibom State, last Friday passed a vote of confidence on Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District and a former two-time governor of the state.
At a press conference in Abuja, the National President of the Forum, Comrade Emmanuel Johnny, stated that the vote of confidence was in appreciation of Senator Akpabio’s ‘immense and outstanding contributions to the development of Akwa Ibom State in particular and Nigeria in general.’
The organization went on to further re-affirm its continued and unalloyed loyalty, solidarity and support to Senator Akpabio, his good works for the people of Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria in general.
The reasons given included the fact that in the area of leadership and human capital development, “Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio has been the only passionate leader who sees potentials in young people, thereby grooming, mentoring and developing them to be useful in the society, in which many have become good leaders today.”
The IFLF listed the likes of Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who, hitherto, had not been involved in politics before, but was groomed and mentored by Senator Akpabio, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, who was a career banker until Senator Akpabio brought his leadership abilities to fore, and Barrister Onofiok Luke, the current Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, and now member-elect, Federal House of Representatives, who was raised by Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, from the university level till he became a leader, as some of those brought up politically by the former Governor.
“It may interest the world to know that about 90 percent of Leaders in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria today were groomed and developed by the Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio,” Johnny noted.
Senator Akpabio was also commended for “his commitment and unalloyed support in ensuring victory for Mr. President in the just-concluded Presidential election. As the National Coordinator of Presidential Support Groups, and South-South Coordinator of Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Akpabio has been a true and sincere supporter of Mr. President, and we see him as one of the pillars for the realization of Mr. President’s Next Level Agenda for Nigerians. The faith of Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio towards the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would definitely bring about sustainable peace; development and economic growth,” the IFLF President averred.
Particular mention was also made of the numerous constituency projects Senator Akpabio facilitated in his senatorial district, covering areas like ICT, agricultural, industrial and human capital developments, scholarship and empowerment scheme and many others. While reeling out the many bills and motions Akpabio has sponsored on the floor of the Senate, Comrade Johnny urged emerging leaders to follow Senator Akpabio’s footsteps.
The Forum advised those who have formed it in their habits to launch attacks against the personality of Senator Godswill Akpabio to retrace their steps for posterity sake. The organization averred that, “Senator Akpabio deserves some level of respect and loyalty not betrayal and assault.”