Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North-West in the Senate, has said the current state governor, Udom Emmanuel was a mistake that must be corrected in 2019.

He added that all hands must be on deck for the mistake to be corrected.

“Udom (Emmanuel) is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019. All hands must be on the deck to ensure the mistake is corrected for a people-oriented leadership under the ruling All Progressives Congress at the centre.

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“I want to thank you for defying the rain to honour me as your leader and troop out in this multitude even at a very short notice. 

"It goes to show the level of love and confidence you have in me as your leader and I promise to also reward you for your time and energy in this all-important project,” he said.

According to him, Emmanuel’s administration has failed the people, forcing him to take a decisive action to correct the anomaly for posterity to be fair to him.

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Akpabio said there was prevalence of hunger and deprivation in Akwa Ibom since the Emmanuel administration assumed power, adding that it was time for a holistic action to liberate the state from the shackles of misgovernance in the last three years.

Akpabio had in the run-up to the 2015 elections, against all odds, declared Emmanuel, who was the then Secretary to the State Government, as his successor.

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