By DAVID DAVID
The member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in House of Representatives Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo has cautioned party leaders and stakeholders in the Federal Constituency against dropping Governor and his wife’s names in their greed to grab power.
The lawmaker, in a release, admonished his constituents that elections are not won through blackmails, communiques and name dropping but , goodwill and general acceptability by the electorates.
“As we build up to the Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat in 2023, I find it necessary to admonish greedy politicians desperately yearning for power to desist from name-dropping His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel and Wife in their political ambitions. This follows a recent communique and a sponsored story in a local tabloid which was very infantile, to say the least.
“Elections are not won through blackmails, communiques and name dropping. They are – and are supposed to be – won through hard work, goodwill and general acceptability by the electorates. The desperation-driven ploy to whip up ethnic sentiments and, even worse, question the integrity of the Governor of the state and his wife, is downright atrocious.
“There is no denying that political rotation is sacrosanct. However, it is also non-constitutional and therefore open to negotiation, and should be based on what is in the best interest of the electorates per time. Historical antecedents do not and cannot undermine the constitutionality or otherwise of any unwritten “mutual agreement” between the natives of the two Local Government Areas, as claimed by the communique. Political rotation or zoning is also not enshrined in constitution of any political party.
“Like stated in a press release on the 5th of September, 2021, I will again restate that at the appropriate time of power shift to Ini Local Government Area, I will offer my unreserved support to ODORO IKONO (Wards 6-10) for equity and fairness.
My reason is simple.
“The communique was a reminder that, “Prof Ini Udoka …did eight years between 2007 and 2015.” For the “equity and fairness” being demanded, an intending candidate can therefore not come from the same section of Ini Local Government Area as Prof. Udoka. It is tantamount to hypocrisy, self-service and a case of double standards that those behind the communique claiming to be advocating for “equity and fairness” are favouring an intending candidate from the same Ward as Prof. Udoka. This does not represent justice and equity for the other wards in Ini Local Government Area.
“I hereby encourage our Elders, stakeholders and supporters to stay focused and use their time and energy to pursue developmental programmes and projects that will add value to the constituency. I wish to also advise party officials in Ikono/Ini, to focus on strengthening and uniting the party which is more profitable.
“The Election in question is more than a year from now, and as stakeholders, we have a more important responsibility of ensuring the success of the ‘Completion Agenda’ and succession plan of His Excellency, the Governor of our State.
As co-workers in the vineyard of the state – whether as House of Representatives Member, House of Assembly Member, Commissioner, Local Government Council Chairman or Political Aspirant – , we all are expected to offer our undiluted support and loyalty to the Governor to successfully berth the Akwa Ibom ship at the next harbour in 2023. Our personal aspirations should, therefore, take the backstage.
“Of my own volition, I offered to serve my people and not myself in 2019. It was by the Grace, Favour and Mercy of God that I received the overwhelming support of the people. For all these, I am grateful to God and the people of Ikono/Ini and I make bold to point out that no amount of signatures collated by fraud, by coercion or by monetary inducement or whatever means will take away the mutual goodwill I share with my constituents.
No amount of smear-campaign or blackmail can change this goodwill; neither will it change whoever God has predestined to lead Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in 2023.”