As the build up to the 2015 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State nears crescendo, Mr. Michael
Sabastine Etuk has thrown his hat in the ring by picking up the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Governorship nomination form.
Addressing his teeming supporters shortly after arriving Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, from Abuja on Tuesday, where he went to formalize his ambition with the Party; Hon. Mike, who was stunned by the surprise reception which greeted him, said that his stress-free yet successful trip to
Abuja was an indication that God has taken over the project with victory assured. Sabastine who lauded his supporters for organizing the reception added that he was impressed that his
supporters kept their emotions in check and organize “a low keyed reception”. He stated that he is not a big fan of fanfares as they were mere
jamborees which he said will not translate to victory during election, adding that he is focused on winning and not seeking popularity. “We are not in this for show. If you watch the way I
am going about it, you will know that I am not in for show but for business. Publicity and media hype do not win election or else APC would have won all the elections in Nigeria. We are focused on God who will grant us victory.
Let nobody be troubled about the governorship race because it is in God’s hands. If it is the governorship of this state, read my lips, it is not far
from me. It is not about me but it is because God has decided to favour me so don’t be troubled. “I don’t have aspiration, I have a vision. For me, when I become the governor, I will ensure that the teeming population of this state have food to eat so they will be saved from being used as pawns by
greedy and selfish politicians who will feed them with crumbs.
Some of his supporters who were were visibly excited, said that with the purchase of the nomination form, Sabastine has once again proven to be a man of his words and reiterated their full support to his “vision”. According to them, the project, which is anchored
on God and His Grace as the name “God Factor” and “Grace Factor” implies, is already a success. They opined that for Mike Sabastine to come this far without the kind of controversies accompanying , is a clear indication that God has paved his way.
Among those who spoke at the event were; former president of Akwa Ibom Democratic Voice (ADV), Prince David Benjamin; a State House of Assembly
hopeful for Itu, Hon. Akaniyene Essien; Lawrence Okon Effiong (Nsit Atai); Hon. Uwem Edem (Ikono); Usen Uko (Ikot Abasi) and Justice Akaniyene Edem
Hon. Mike Sabastine who is expected to formally declare his intention to contest soon, was until his resignation, the Commissioner I, Akwa Ibom State
Local Government Service Commission.