Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has dismissed reports that he was plotting a third term in office through a surrogate.

Emmanuel said this on Sunday in an open interaction with people of the state, promising that he will ensure that no cultist govern the state.

The governor noted that the eradication of cultism is the only way to ensure peace.

He urged parents to caution their children while disclosing that his government plans to deploy soldiers to volatile areas to nip the bud of cultism in the state.

Emmanuel decried that some local government areas in the State are highly volatile, noting that no known cultist, when arrested, would be released.

In his words “for peace to reign and for Christ to have control, I am not interested in a third term through a surrogate, the only thing you can help is to ensure that no cultist is allowed to emerge Governor of the state.”

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“The only way to ensure peace is to make a way to eradicate cultism, we look up to God, then we embrace peace.

“Some cult groups are clashing in some parts of the state and we have tried to make sure we crush them. We will stop at nothing in ensuring we crush them. It is not our intention to deploy soldiers to volatile areas and you are forcing us to do so.

“Please, let parents talk to their children, they gain nothing from cultism. It can’t be because of one man the whole village would run away. It is time to go their right way. Most armed robbers and kidnappers are cultists and we will crush them.” He said

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