From Joe Effiong, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has begun a one-month post-election and inauguration consultations to show appreciation for the support given as well as bridge political gaps among the elite to broaden his support base.

During his visit to the former governor of the state, Victor Attah, and other political stakeholders at the Shelter Afrique Estate residence, Eno expressed his appreciation to the elderly statesman for the encouragement and support given him during the electioneering culminating to his emergence as governor of the state.

He said appreciation is a godly requirement in response for goodness.

He told newsmen after the meeting that “people have helped you, they’ve supported you, you need to naturally just go round and tell them thank you, appreciate them, show them respect. That’s what this is all about and as we’re doing that we’re consolidating.”

He confirmed he would embark on such visits for the next one month to enable him bring the people together and strengthen his administration’s support base.

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Giving insight into his leadership style, Governor Eno said rather than lead alone, he would prefer collaborations with stakeholders as he has started with Attah and other stakeholders.

“For me, it’s normal work, to have a good team, put your team together, share your vision and we’re doing just that. I’ve started now to see past governors and thank them.

“They occupied the seat I’m now sitting, I need to show respect to that high office. That’s what we’ve started doing,” he said.

Attah extolled Eno’s approach to governance, describing his start as indicator of great things to happen for the people.

“Governor Eno going round is a clear indication that he is not going to insulate or isolate himself. He’s going to listen to people, know what he should do for them and put it into effect. His approach is such that everyone should appreciate,” Attah said.