A former governorship aspirant in the platform of Democratic Alternative Party (DA), Mr. Johnson Attah has said no one can stop him from contesting the next assemblyman for Mkpat Enin State Constituency.
Attah who spoke at the weekend while consulting councillors of Mkpat Enin Legislative Council in Uyo, vowed that not even Governor Udom Emmanuel can stop him from realising his ambition.
He said with his experience in business and politics, he is qualified to aspire for any office in Mkpat Enin and beyond.
But his comments did not go down well with some councillors who frowned at Attah for saying that even the governor in whose administration he is serving as an SA on Projects Monitoring, cannot stop him from taking the Mkpat Enin legislative seat.
Some Councilors who spoke with our reporter on the issue, noted that the antecedents of Mr. Johnson Attah does not make for good reading, arguing that he had deceived them during the last general elections that he wanted to be governor. “He went and negotiated with the powers that be and went away with huge money,” one of the councilors who did not want his name mentioned stated.
Some councilors who spoke on the matter condemned what they described as unforgivable arrogance and insult poured on the state governor by Johnson Attah. They noted that to boast that not even the governor can stop him is a clear disregard for the governor and the office.
Whispers from Mkpat Enin indicate that the people are bent on frustrating Attah. “Some of us almost worked out of the meeting because his incoherent speech was laced with pride and arrogance. He will not make any headway in his rumoured aspiration. We will mobilise our people against him,” a source told our reporter.
But Attah who is also a businessman is said not to be perturbed as he has made his intention of becoming the next man to represent the people of Mkpat Enin State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly clear.
Apart from his consultation with councilors, it was gathered that he has been consulting with some power brokers in Mkpat Enin over his ambition. But what was not immediately clear at the time of this report is the feeling of some elders he has consulted over his ambition.
But a source who spoke with our reporter noted that “Attah is not popular in Mkpat Enin, our major duty now is to ensure that the Governor produces a successor and that is what we are focused on at the moment. He has mentioned to some people about his aspiration, but what I don’t know is where he has gathered balls to talk down on the governor despite being an appointee.”
He further described Mr. Attah as “a political jobber who is preparing to cash out in the forthcoming electioneering season and advised politicians not to take him seriously as he will repeat his 2019 antics.