The Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has nothing to offer Nigerians.
This, according to him, was why the former Lagos State Governor resorts to abuse of personalities during his campaigns.
Emmanuel was reacting to the alleged threats of violence by Tinubu against him at the APC presidential rally held in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State capital, on Monday.
Tinubu had as part of his remarks during the rally said, “Akwa Ibom, that Boy wey bring Atiku here, way de call himself Governor, tell him enough is enough! He lives in my backyard in Lagos, if no be say we be one I would driven him home. You see that mansion he is living, I would just use lizards, pigeons and scorpions and put inside.”
Reacting, however, Emmanuel said despite being insulted by the one-time Lagos State Governor, he would prefer to allow peace to reign by ignoring him and focusing on helping install good governance to rescue Nigerians from their present woes.
The governor who spoke on Monday evening at Government House, Uyo said, for the country to remain at peace, one party must “play saint,” saying that is why he would refrain from replying Tinubu.
His words: “I also go to other states, and if you watch our campaigns, my principal (Atiku Abubakar) has never spoken about any governor, he has never spoken openly about Asiwaju before.”
He said it was unfortunate that Tinubu, who was granted state-owned facilities such as the airport, security, stadium, and a good atmosphere to come in and sell his manifesto, ended up coming to insult the integrity of over 7.9 million Akwa Ibom people.
Emmanuel wondered if it was possible for any Akwa Ibomite to go to Lagos that Tinubu stays, “or the actual state that he hails from, to insult him in like manner and still be allowed to safely return home, but here our people at the stadium including some state governors just laughed and applauded him.”
“What makes him think he will govern Nigeria? If I reply him now, people will call me and say, haba oga you are not like that. But I will reply him one day. There is nothing like ‘emilokan’ (it is my turn) here, Nigeria is in God’s hands.”