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Akwa Ibom And The Imperative Of Good Governance

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Some few months from now, 2019 will be upon us, and the people of Akwa Ibom will go to the polls to entrust their mandate to that person who will be in charge of the affairs of the state for another four years. 

This will be a contest between a man who will be saying, “I have done this and I want to do more” and those who will come with rhetorics and promises of what they will do. Emmanuel Udom is that man who will be telling the people of Akwa Ibom what he has done, and the more he will like to do. 

In the last three years, Emmanuel Udom has set out to fulfilling his social contract and promise to the people of Akwa Ibom. This is one fact that critics and allies acknowledge he has done.   

In the forefront of opposition and those who will be claiming to be Angels with better plans for the state is the All Progressive Congress (APC), which Nigerians have now humorously renamed All Promise Cancelled.

This is a party which ideology is not based on social justice and good governance but at the mercy of few overloads. The fate of the incumbent governor of Lagos State readily comes to mind. What was or were his sins? He didn’t carry party members along. He blocked all avenues in which Lagosians were being exploited and embarked on massive infrastructural development.  All this was not good enough except their “good boy” is enthroned. Akinwunmi Ambode, in the face of sterling performance, was humiliated. They were quick to say he performed so well but he was not a party man. To them, it is never about the populace getting their deserved dividend of good governance, but it is all about party stalwarts being pacified and happy. 

Now to the antecedents of the APC, which makes the party and its members morally, bankrupt to rule the state.   

During the build up to 2019 general elections, the party promised out of many things to reduce the pump price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit), but what Nigerians witnessed was an astronomical hike in the pump price. One curious fact here is Nigeria is paying more for subsidy after the APC-led government claimed to have removed subsidy on PMS.

This is a party, which promised restructuring, which will see to devolution of power, creation of state police, and some other critical components of restructuring. The moment they got into power, they threw those promises out of the window.

There was also a promise of strengthening national security. It obvious what they gained in the war on terror, they lost the same if not more to the murderous acts of Fulani herdsmen and bandits. 

So evident is the bias towards these herdsmen that President Muhammadu Buhari has never once condemned their activities.

It took national outcry of almost two weeks before Mr President and his team would acknowledge killings in Agatu, but when there was an attack or reprisal attacks on Fulani herdsmen in Mambila in Taraba State, under forty-eight hours, everyone was there, Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Inspector General of Police. The allegation of bias was further echoed by Lt Gen TY Danjuma (Rtd) when he said on national television that the military colludes with these herdsmen.

The height of the bias was an attempt to force the idea of cattle colony on Nigerians.

In other words, they want to take over Akwa Ibom so as to have a governor who is a “Yes Man” to Muhammadu Buhari and who will give away the heritage of the people of Akwa Ibom, not for the benefits of the people, nor for the industrial park, neither for indigenous Agricultural programs or innovations. Rather, to build a ranch for some private business owners. 

Nigerians are not safe. You cannot embark on a road trip without the fears of kidnappers, bandits, or being caught up in a communal clash.  This is how unsafe APC has transformed Nigeria.

The promise to fight corruption is another joke taken too far as one of the many unfulfilled promises of the APC.

Till date, we do not know the true owner of the money found in Ikoyi apartments, Babachir Lawal is yet to see a courtroom. Abdul Rasheed Maina, who was sacked by the administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was reinstated under this administration.

I cannot but mention how the ruling party plunged us into recession, which brought about untold hardship, hunger and poverty.

I just had to bring these to fore, so as to educate my people not to fall for the fake promises and antics of the APC.

Akwa Ibom has a good product at hand in the person of Emmanuel Udom. This was even recently corroborated by former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo when he joined the governor at a Sunday Service at Qua Iboe Church, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. 

In the last three years, the good people of Akwa Ibom have measured Emmanuel Udom’s performance and I must say, he has never been found wanting. 

I expect the good people of Akwa Ibom to stick with an angel they know, and not a promised angel. 

Saka writes from Lagos.


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