2019: If Udom must join league of ‘Akwa Ibom Warlords’

OpEd By William Effoing

In 1999, Atuekong Don Etiebet fronted Obong Victor Attah and supported him to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. After the first four years, Etiebet dumped Attah and fronted Dr. Ime Umana in the 2003 Governorship election against Attah’s second term bid. Attah wrestled with his political godfather and won. Today, Obong Attah remains in his honour as a political Warlord in the State.

In 2007, Senator Udoedehe fronted and supported now Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. After the first four years, Udoedehe dumped Akpabio and personally contested against the second term bid of Governor Akpabio in 2011. Akpabio wrestled fiercely with his political godfather and won. Today, Akpabio remains in his honour as a political Warlord in the State.

In 2015, Akpabio fronted and supported Mr. Udom Emmanuel to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. In line with the political tradition of making a Warlord, Akpabio left Udom as the first four years winds down and in less than two months from now, Udom will be wrestling power with him.

This is nothing but a sign that Governor Udom Emmanuel will win the 2019 election. The political tradition of making Warlords in Akwa Ibom stipulates that “Your political godfather must first abandon you and oppose your second term”. It is simply a political custom meant to test how strong and powerful a Governor is before he could attain the title of a political Warlord.

Going by history, Governor Udom would have failed the 2019 election woefully if Senator Akpabio, his political godfather, did not abandon him after the first four years and oppose his re-election bid. Governor Udom Emmanuel would not have joined the league of Political Warlord in Akwa Ibom State if Akpabio was solidly behind him for the 2019 election.

That Akpabio is not supporting Governor Udom’s second term is a clear indication that Udom Emmanuel will win the 2019 election. It’s li