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Akwa Ibom Exco Dissolution: Reading between the Lines



By Edet Edet.
I was a little perplexed on the receipt of the news of dissolution of the Executive council by His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel yesterday due to speculations that has been making rounds on print and social media. Although it is the Governor’s prerogative to reinvigorate his administration with professionals to meet the targeted perspective and proposed mantra at any time, I stand drowned in the river of conflicting perceptions on the dissolution.  Amongst many thoughts are few disturbing views bewildering my mind about loyalty and the assumed breach of trust.

First amongst many is the perceived perversion in the inferred scribbled agreement of infinite loyalty to Godswill Akpabio by His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel. Secondly, is the reaction of Godswill Akpabio to the courageous awakening of the veto and commanding powers of his successor (Udom Emmanuel) as the Chief Executive.
It is obvious from the tensed political ambience, that there is a fierce but managed brewing crisis rocking the romance between the erstwhile and incumbent Governor of Akwa Ibom State; this could be unveiled in the ridiculous assertions meant to discredit the present administration before an afterthought that endorsed Emmanuel for a second term by the Senate Minority Leader and erstwhile Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio during Captain Iniobong Ekong’s 50th birthday bash about the Udom’s men and the Akpabio’s men.

From all indication, the deteriorating romance traceable to unbearable marginalization of the erstwhile Governor’s men by the kitchen cabinet members of the present administration has over time created a gap between the duos; with Akpabio believing that his successor has sacrificed loyalty on the altar of power brandishing, using his cronies as a tool.

Recapping the goofed speech by the senate minority leader in that birthday bash (when the battle for governorship was so fierce, where were there? Then there were no Akpabio’s men, now Udom has become Governor, there are Udom’s men and Akpabio’s men) there is a pointer to Godswill Akpabio’s maximum contentment of annoyance on his successor (Udom Emmanuel), reeling around the seclusion from pivotal governmental discuss of his men in the government. To me, Akpabio wondered in awe “why his stooge could be revolting tactically and in defiance to the earlier agreement prior to the election”.

In the eyes of the critics, Udom is a stooge brought to clean Akpabio’s mess of embezzlement and financial misappropriation, but what baffles them is why a man (Udom Emmanuel) who is doing a covert job for Godswill Akpabio be pushed, punched to the wall, coerced in the discharged of his enshrined duties by the same man he is protecting without a revolt? Governor Udom is a gentleman whose professionalism respects the tenets of loyalty. Not revolting should not be attributed to cowardice, but averting an inclusion in the row of predecessor- incumbent conflict.
The dissolution of Excos is timely. It proves beyond reasonable doubt that Governor Emmanuel was never a stooge, but a Governor with 1 million plus mandate. His decision to veer off the cliff designed by his predecessor amid the indebtedness that keeps the present administration malfunctioning is an indication that he is set to steer the Akwa Ibom ship to the shore of industrialization as promised during the electioneering days.

Though it might sound unpleasing to the master of modern politics (Senator Godswill Akpabio) that Governor Emmanuel’s belief about loyalty differs from the conventional “yes sirs”, but showing utmost respect to compliment ones insertions; maybe listening to his inputs and adjusting at will to maintain the cord of friendship, but not at the detriment of governance.
Udom is at liberty to make choices that will guarantee a safe delivery of his campaign promises. He can only respect his predecessor in allowing his little input to the cause of governance and not of dictatorship; either of advice, nominees for portfolios, etc. Senator Akpabio should note that irrespective of the part he played to see Udom through the 2015 gubernatorial hurdle, his continuous relevancy in politics depends on what the governor wants him to be. To this end, he should stop boxing the Governor to a state that he will be forced to speak out of victimization and ridicule him in the face of Nigerian politics.
Let’s be true to ourselves in the hazard of incurring other peoples ridicule than to be false and incur our abhorrence

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