Mega Times, Texas.
By Enyieting Etim
The father of the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom, Sir Gabriel Ekere, who was kidnapped on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, came down hard on the last administration in which his son, Nsima, was a top government official for the reign of terror in the state.
Ekere, in his autobiography entitled, Sowing For Tomorrow, literally passed a vote of no confidence on the last administration, which Senator Godswill Akpabio was the governor and his son was a top official for the widespread heinous crimes (including kidnapping, assassination, raping, destruction of businesses by Akpabio) in the state, pointing out that anyone who ignored the reality of that time could pay a costly price as he did.
Nsima served as the chief executive of the Akwa Ibom State Investment and Industrial Promotion Council (AKIIPOC), chairman of Ibom Power Company Limited and later the deputy governor, all during the administration of former Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Recounting his experience on the day, he was kidnapped on the Eket-Ikot Abasi Highway, Ekere painted the picture of the terror that was unleashed on the innocent people of the state for eight years vividly, (2007-2015).
” Now, our highways are as dangerous as the skies where pirates reign. That is the reality of our times and you could pay a costly price, as I did if you forget that,” he said referring to the dark days of gloom and terror in Akwa Ibom unleashed by Akpabio.
The reign of terror was not a respecter of status and Ekere pointed this out, lamenting that his thought was erroneous.
” Having traversed this road all my life, ( Eket-Ikot Abasi Road), I am familiar with the hills, bumps and turns along its 30-kilometre stretch.
” I know the road so well that I can trace my home off the road, even if blindfolded.
” As a familiar path, I thought nothing ugly could happen to innocent commuters. As a member of the respected group of community leaders in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, I thought I could move about freely without fear of molestation. But it would appear that I made a mistake,” he lamented.
He said the kidnappers, planted by the then Governor Akpabio tortured him and one of them committed the abominable act of giving him 12 strokes of the cane.
He also disclosed that his first son, Aniekan commenced negotiation with his abductors and offered N5million, but when Nsima, who was not in the country at that time returned, he continued with the bargain and N40million offer was eventually made by the family.
Sir Ekere recalled how the abduction of the former Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was kidnapped in a church in Nsit Atai Local Government Area, on Sunday, January 31, 2010.
”Two persons died in the church in that operation and it provoked a widespread anger nationwide,” Ekere wrote in his book.
Warning to Nsima- Only God Gives Power
Obong Nsima Ekere has been warned by his father, Sir Gabriel Ekere to look up to God as He alone anoints leaders, pointing out that his governorship aspiration may not truly align with the will of God.
The warning is contained in Ekere’s autobiography and is coming at a time APC in Akwa Ibom and its standard-bearer believe in the manipulation of man and the so-called ”federal might” to do the magic for them in the 2019 elections.
” Nsima, my third son and the only one in the political space has experienced the ups and down in politics.
” When he told me that he wanted to run again for the governorship, my response was – and will always remain- let the will of God prevail. It is only God who appoints leaders into positions and sometimes, our ambitions may not truly align with His divine plan and calendar,” Nsima’s father warned.
While Governor Udom Emmanuel, a man of peace, vision, who is also development-driven and God-fearing submits to the divine will of God in his second term aspiration, Ekere and APC boast in their chariots and shenanigans, which are usually referred to as ” federal might”.
The recent petitions written by a chieftain of APC, Atuekong Don Etiebet and the state chairman of the party, Mr. Ini Okopido, against Governor Emmanuel and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the presidency and the Inspector General of Police, alleging among other things the destruction of the campaign billboards of President Muhammadu Buhari and Ekere are some of the shenanigans employed by the APC and its standard-bearer.
Commenting on the warning by Nsima’s father, Senator Etang Umoyo said the monarch was right, as the governorship aspiration of his son was not truly in line with the divine plan of God.
He said that the divine plan of God for Nsima is the NDDC appointment, adding that the governorship aspiration is a walk away from that destiny and he is bound to face defeat in 2019