It is no longer news that recently, the Senate Minority Leader at the National Assembly and the Immediate Past Governor of the State, Senator Godswill Akpabio accused his successor, Mr Udom Emmanuel of marginalizing his Senatorial District, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. He also fingered his political son of abandoning projects embarked upon by his administration.
At a meeting held recently at the Abak Independence Hall at the instance of the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, Akpabio said “2018 is less than one year to election, all is not well oooh; don’t allow anybody to deceive you that all is well. If the hotel in Ikot Ekpene rots after so much money had been expended, would that be a good thing?
“That road from Uyo to Ikot Ekpene, is still the way it was. In the 2018 budget, what is the percentage sum provided for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District? My job is to say the truth because if at this level I cannot say the truth, then I am not doing well. So, please I want us to start the hotel because when the Commissioner for Works addressed the youths in August, he assured them that the hotel would be opened in December, it will soon decay if an urgent intervention is not given to the facility.
“Please, let us check the budget to know what has been earmarked for that place. I am not interested in what I did and what I did not do. I am only interested in what I am going to do. The truth is that Godswill Akpabio expects us to set our path straight so that we can take one route, even when you are going for communion, you must be in a state of grace, so let us have something from the senatorial district to use in talking about election; to use in convincing the people to stand by us. We are in opposition, we don’t have government, we don’t have police, we don’t have INEC,”
The above statement credited to Akpabio as expected has generated ripples and has thrown many into divided debates. Some are of the view that there is nothing wrong in such statement while others opine that the utterance is the first salvo fashioned to destroy the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel bits by bits.
No matter the divide one may belong, it is the opinion of TheMail Newspaper that the statement credited to the ranking Senator is in order. It should not be forgotten that as a legislator which advocacy is part of their lives and a political bigwig in the area, it is incumbent upon him to lead the frontier in advocating for their challenges and yearnings to be addressed. One has to be candid, are the projects he mentioned not in need of attention? Why then should he be expected to remain silent when the people whom he represents are asking questions?
The Immediate Past Governor by stating “2018 is less than one year to election, all is not well oooh; don’t allow anybody to deceive you that all is well. If the hotel in Ikot Ekpene rots after so much money had been expended, would that be a good thing” had also insinuated that the pathway for the return of Governor Udom Emmanuel as Governor come 2019 may not be a smooth one if he does not gain the support of his people. Is this statement not a clear fact? The Mail Newspaper sees this statement as a call by the Senator to Governor Udom to buckle up against 2019 and not forget to curry support from the Ikot Ekpene people by completing the projects that is endearing to their hearts.
However, regardless of the plausibility of his advocacy, we believe the method or in other words, the forum the immediate past governor sent the message across was not appropriate.
There is the aphorism that he who seeks equity must do so with clean heads. One could quickly recall the reaction of Sen Akpabio to the open letter of his predecessor, Obong Victor Attah when he openly queried why Akpabio built the Ibom tropicana. Akpabio never appreciated the open criticism and this ensued in a number of State sponsored articles against Obong Attah.
If he had put himself in Governor Udom’s shoes, he would have not advocated publicly because he did not like that to be done him when he was on the saddle. TheMail Newspaper believes that It would have been more ideal and productive if Senator Akpabio met his political son privately and push for the yearnings of his people to be actualized.
Governor Udom is always rightly disposed to listen to him and nothing would have hindered him to explore such a father and son talks.
Better still, it would not have been out of place for him to take a delegation of Elders from the Senatorial District to meet with the Governor not after the have generated controversies before such is done as it happened.
If this civil method was explored, controversies, bad blood, sack from office, unnecessary political gimmicks among other distractions would not have occurred and Governor Udom Emmanuel would have been more focused to dispense dividends of good governance expected from him by Akwa Ibom people.