Futile hunt for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Men

By Osondu Ahirika

Let me relay two events that happened as part of the conspiracy theories of the fast approaching 2019 General elections in Akwa Ibom State.

First being a post by Hon. Usukoson Jonah Etim a. k. a Inim Ibom, on his facebook page, which reads,

“My self and my family are so much appreciate(sic) your Contributions towards my Success in life. Especially Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, Mr Akan Okon, and Mr Nsikan Linus Nkan. Pls kindly accept my Resignation as Your Personal Assistants. (PA). Let me ” Move to the next Level ” pls.”

In a letter dated February 1, to the Democratic Party, PDP, Ibesikpo Asutan Ward 4 Chairman, which he also released online, he served notice of his resignation from the party. Later in the day, he was kneeling down like an outlaw, who is pleading for amnesty at a campaign ground to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.

As insignificant as he may be politically speaking, the optics was good and served the APC propaganda posters.

The other is the controversial video clips in which, Mr Ime Bishop a. k. a Okon Lagos, who is a Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Ethics and Social Re-orientation, is recorded, endorsing the opponent of his Boss, Obong Nsima Ekere for Governor.

Embattled by the boomerang of that sickening indiscretion, Okon Lagos has come out in reinforced renounce of the APC governorship candidate and his Party, reiterating his support for Governor Emmanuel with counter videos and radio interviews.

One lesson stands out from these two events. The APC is desperate for members and have objectified as a priority, capturing anyone of the PDP stock in the name of defection.

The APC ‘head hunt’ for defectors rates highly, any elected PDP political office holder, graded from Ward, chapter and State officers of the party, serving or former, Councillors, Supervisors, Council Chairmen, at a second tier and Members of Boards and Commissions, State Lawmakers and Commissioners as the higher grade. This dragnet is also extended to the Personal Assistants, Special Assistants or even domestic aides of any office-holding PDP member. The APC treasures such catches as Real Madrid football Club venerates trophies .

They have severally boasted of earthshaking defections from the PDP rank and file. Nothing much happened. That’s how Inim Ibom became an instant ‘big hit’ for the APC to feast with. The reason for the rush is that, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on his defection, vowed that, Governor Emmanuel will be stripped bare of his supportbase and left alone in the Hilltop Mansion by December 2018. That projection has failed. Udom Emmanuel has waxed ever stronger by the day.

The accolades should go to the Last Men standing, who refused to bow to the overbearing enticements/coercion of the APC raid on Udom Emmanuel’s base.

Rock solid in their resolve, the trio of, Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barrister Onofiok Luke, Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert, and the National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, were the immovable objections to Akpabio’s conspiracy to humiliate Governor Emmanuel.

When Barrister Luke raised alarm that he rejected an inducement of 2 billion Naira to defect to the APC, with other mouth watering offers, many doubted him. Others thought, he was playing to the gallery.

Then Senator Albert announced that, the ploy to deploy the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to threaten and blackmail him into defecting to the APC would remain a futile pursuit. He dared those, he said, were mounting pressure on him to dump Udom Emmanuel to do their worst. Yet, many didn’t get the drift.

The current crossfire between Barrister Enoidem and Senator Akpabio has opened our eyes. Hope for the agonizing permutations and long wait on these PDP strongmen to crossover has faded. Their iron cast resolve to stand with Udom Emmanuel is irreversible.

Where these political sharks failed to port to the APC, Inim Ibom, not known beyond his polling unit, became a major Consolation Prize.

UDOM’S Men, as I prefer to call them are not trimmed to the three afforelisted. Of course, they are too many to mention.

I however decided to limit my reach to the triplet because, asides the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, Onofiok Luke, Bassey Albert and Emmanuel Enoidem were the biggest game in target of the new APC gadfly.

No! They wouldn’t bother to go near the likes of Works Commissioner, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen, State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Barrister Ini Ememobong, Sports commissioner, Rt. Hon. Sir Monday Ebong Uko, the Chairman, Uyo Capital City Development Authority, Prince Enobong Uwah, or the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Gloria Edet and Housing Commissioner, Mr Akan Okon

The juicy offers to lure Dr Godwin Ntukudeh, Barrister Ekong Sampson, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko, Isantim Kenneth Okon, Barrister Ime Okon and many others didn’t spell bind them to fall. With Udom Emmanuel they proudly stand heading into the elections with so many others, whose loyalty is not in doubt.

Albeit, I expect few dramas in the coming days. The frustration of APC to win more defectors is reaching a crescendo. I reproduce here an unedited lamentation from the senior aide of Senator Akpabio, Mr Anietie Ekong. Hear him,

“After much pestering, I have personally facilitated the meeting of some aides of Governor Udom Emmanuel with my boss, Senator Godswill Akpabio. Under cover of darkness I have driven them to secret locations for such meetings because they didn’t want to be seen by other aides of the Senator. I have been part of many of such meetings which they claim that they are sure Governor Udom Emmanuel will lose the election, that he’s not a politician, and that he’s neglected their welfare since they’re not from Onna, bla, bla, bla. They say terrible things about the man.

That’s why I respect Icekyd Icekid. Right from the first day that Senator Akpabio moved to APC, this guy contacted me, told me plainly that even though he’s from Onna, he cannot remain in PDP after his mentor had left considering what he did for him. He gave me his word on that, and I knew it was just a matter of time before he would publicly make known where his allegiance was.

However, there are some greedy, double faced aides of the Governor who will sneak in at night, tell you that from all indices Mr Udom Emmanuel will fail the election and they want to be accommodated in the in-coming APC administration, only for you to see them the following day at a rally of the same man they claim will lose the election. They are double agents who want to get some goodies from the government while it lasts with a hope to also be part of the in-coming APC administration.”

The Senator, and APC from all I infer, are being fleeced by those who hide in darkness, according to Ekong’s confession to promise them defection. I understand, that’s how Okon Lagos’ stillborn defection was procured. Alas, the morning light has exposed the expiring secret deals of the night. Udom Emmanuel wins.

His men, upright as they stand tall in defense of their integrity and convictions.