Akwa Ibom state governor, HE Udom Emmanuel has justified his reasons for choosing the honorable Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred Successor. 
Emmanuel said his decision was based on the fact that he means well for the State.
The Governor disclosed this to newsmen  while commissioning the Spectrum Television, first private cable television station in the state owned by TAF Media Group on Monday, in Uyo.
He said Umo Eno was a respectable person that has the capacity to continue with the pace  of  developmental strides in the state peacefully because He is God fearing.
According to the governor, “Let me say this emphatically, I mean well for this State, that is why I waited for God to show me the man who would continue  with the pace  of  developmental strides we have started in the last six plus years and then  move the needle even further.
“Pastor Umo Eno is a highly respected person; he has enormous capacity, is an epitome of humility, and is blessed with the common touch, a compelling story and is God- fearing.
“He is a successful entrepreneur who has employed our people, lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity. 
“He will be coming to the office of Governor with an economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people.
“He is a man of peace and will ensure that the peace and security of life we have enjoyed in the last six plus years will be maintained.His life story resonates with the story of most ordinary Akwa Ibom people. 
“He came from the Police barracks, where, as he said during his Thanksgiving Service last year, life was dreary and hope seemed a distant ingredient. The gov stated
He added that through hard work, that Commissioner for Land summoned hope and overcame his early difficulties and ended up as one the biggest employers of labour in our State. Also stated that his story is a testament to our Dakkada philosophy; one that will inspire and motivate our youths.
The Governor stated that he never looked for a surrogate to do a third term but rather  was looking for a man of  exceptional capacity, of peace and humility and  enjoined all peace-loving and progress-minded  Akwa Ibomites to rally round and support God’s choice.  
“I will never use God’s name in vain” the Governor stated at an interview at the Spectrum Television Studio with host, Ekaete Afia.