Methodist Prelate assures Akpabio on Re-Election
The Prelate of the Methodist Church, Bishop Sunday Ola Makinde has assured the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio of total victory in the forth coming governorship elections in the State.
The prelate gave this assurance at the inauguration of the Methodist Church Diocese of Adadia, in Uruan local government and ordination of Rt. Rev Etim Udo Ekong as bishop of the diocese.
Governor Akpabio while being commended by the Methodist Cleric, was also inducted as an honorary member into the Methodist Church of Nigeria.
The Prelate of the Methodist Church, Bishop Sunday Ola Makinde said the honour was as a result of the positive contributions of the Governor to the growth and development of the State and the Methodist Church.
Bishop Makinde who gave Governor Akpabio a souvenir gift of a bible and a hymn book also congratulated him on his victory at the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial primaries in the State.
Also ordinated at the occasion was Elder Edem Akpan Ntah as the diocesan lay President.
Drawing his exhortation from Galatians Chapter 6:7, the priest warned Christians to serve God with sincerity to reap bountiful rewards.
He charged the ordained Ministers to work in unity and in accordance with the word of God in order to uplift the Church.
Highpoint of the service was the intercessory prayers for the Church and the success of the present administration, offered by Governor Akpabio.
The Governor advised those who have registered to keep their voter's cards to enable them to vote for candidates of their choice in the forth coming elections.
He congratulated the leadership of the Methodist Church for creating a new diocese in the State, and donated a new bus and a salon car to aid in the evangelism in the diocese.
He also took out time to enumerate on the various efforts by his administration to curb the challenges of insecurity, adding that with the stepping up of security and direct intervention from God, insecurity will soon be history in the State.
The Methodist Prelate who had earlier commended Governor Akpabio on his sound development programmes, is also credited with describing the free education policy in the State to the re-incarnation of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Akpabio a shining Light – Catholic Priest
A renowned Catholic priest in Akwa Ibom State, Rv. Fr. John Bosco has called on the people of Akwa Ibom State to vote en masse for Governor Godswill Akpabio during the fourth coming general elections adding that the Governor's achievements in the period he has been on the saddle has been unprecedented and deserved no less.
Rev. Fr John Bosco who said he has never voted nor participated in any elections since he was born, plans to cast his only vote for Governor Godswill Akpabio in the April 2011 polls because of the uncommon achievements of the Akpabio administration in the state.
The radical parish priest of St. Vincent de Paul Paris of Ikot Obong Edong Ikot Ekpene said this when the wife of the governor, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio visited the church on an awareness campaign yesterday.
The Catholic priest in a homily titled LIGHT, said darkness would never cover light and likened Governor Akpabio to the light that is illuminating the State and that the Governor symbolizes light which the people will always follow.
Rev. John Bosco described Governor Akpabio as an epitome of light who has put smiles on the faces of Akwa Ibom people noting that this shinning light was the only factor which encouraged him to register for the first time so as to be able to vote.
Responding, the Governor's wife described Chief Godswill Akpabio as a beacon of light, a pace setter and uncommon transformer, who deserves a second term in office.
Prayers were offered for the success of the April polls and successful transition at diffident levels of government in the country.
Mrs. Akpabio however donated 2 million for church project at hand and promised to pay the salary of the church catechist for one year.
Also at the Believer's Assembly Church Abak, the Secretary of the Church, Rev. Aniefiok Akpan and the Pastor in charge, Prophet Jeo Okon led prayers for peace to reign in Akwa Ibom State, successful election in both the state and federal levels.
Earlier, Mrs. Akpabio had told the church that Akwa Ibom has seen the light through the wonderful performance of Governor Akpabio. “Akpabio has put light on the lamp stand for Akwa Ibom. That is why Akwa Ibom is illuminated through all the projects and policies of this administration,” she noted.
The governor's wife who described her husband as God-fearing, said whatever distraction the opposition in the state may want to create, is a storm in the teacup which will soon go.
She used the occasion to caution parents to monitor the activities of their children, and discourage them from indulging in thuggery, kidnapping, robbery and other negative vices. Mrs Akpabio challenged them, especially mothers to report suspicious moves of their children to the security agencies.
The governor's wife was inducted into the Catholic Women's Organization, CWO of St. Vincent de Paul while at Believers Assembly Church,Abak ,she was inducted as an honorary member of the women fellowship