The former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has attributed the forgiving spirit of Nsima Ekere as the reason why he is supporting the governorship bid of the latter.
Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was Akpabio’s deputy during his tenure as the governor of the state six years ago but was forced to resign.
Speaking before the congregation at the thanksgiving service put together by the Akwa-Ibom State Executive Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which took place at New Birth Bible Church, Uyo, Akpabio said Ekere never vilified him despite their rift during his administration.
Addressing Ekere, he said, “It is me that asked you to resign as Deputy Governor. You went and continued your business and even became richer.
“But not one day did you open your mouth to abuse me. Even in your public speeches and in newspapers, I did not find you abusing me.
“Do you know why God closed your mouth? It was because it was not your time. And God knew that when it is your time, God will still bring men to help you”.
The former Senate Minority Leader also drew parallels between Ekere’s story and the Biblical story of Saul and David.
“No matter what Saul did, it did not stop David from becoming the king. No machinations, no lies, no incantations of the devil will stop you from becoming the Governor.
“The fire of God will bring you victory in 2019. When God speaks, He does not need over 200 prophets to go round the local government areas and in the end, the church will collapse. Not all prophets are truly called. God does not do many things with too many prophets”.