Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa- Ibom State has dismissed as false, insinuations in several quarters that his government is spending N9.1billion on a new lodge in Lagos.
Mr Emmanuel who spoke at the opening of the 2017 Conference organized by the Christian Lawyers’ Fellowship of Nigeria(CLASFON) in Uyo, said it was the handiwork of some persons who habitually cook spurious and laborious stories against his administration.
“Someone called me last night and said I beg you in the name of God, please don’t spend 9.1bn to build a lodge in Lagos, you know when you have a theocentric Government, when they don’t have anything to say against you, they fabricate stories and I just asked my people can I have a look at the budget again, do we have such thing in the budget, they told me no sir.”
He dismissed the allegations by saying, “and I answered all of them by saying I know politics is like a church, everybody sits on the pew, but said despite their antics, power comes from God and there can only be one Governor at a time.”
He said his administration is God- inspired and driven by Christian values easily seen by the love, transparency, humility and charity towards everyone irrespective of political interests.
“And even those who constantly wish us ill, we don’t wish them bad, and those who constantly write spurious and labourious stories about us, receive our spiritual fruits of love and charity.”
Mr Emmanuel charged Christians not to shy away from public service or politics, saying if there must be genuine change in the polity, sincere and patriotic people must get actively involved.