Actions win elections not reactions. The reactions of APC to their crushing defeat by the PDP in the just concluded Local Government election in Akwa Ibom State are comic reliefs. They got it wrong from the outset. To them, preparation for the election was to activate their so-called federal might. That has become APC syndrome across the country. It is not Akwa Ibom syndrome. They did that. They went further to attempt hijack of electoral materials from wards and units across the State; at some places, they succeeded, at others, they succeeded in disgracing themselves.
It was also to the credit of APC that some of their political thugs were caught at Ikot Ekpene, supervised by Chief Sunny Ibanga. The over Five Hundred thugs that were allegedly recruited and camped at Ika and Etim Ekpo for further distribution alongside electoral materials to all parts of the State were fortunate enough not to be caught.
But in all these, APC were neck deep in the election. Their eyes were fixed on victory; Pyrrhic victory. They voted from Oron to Ini, and from Itu to Ukanafun. They were part of the game till the final blast of the whistle. All of a sudden, on sighting the weight of defeat by the PDP, they changed the rhythm of their rhyme, wailing. Why did the boycott take so long before they contemplated it? It was obvious that the election could have been a walk over for PDP. But the contest was already completed. How do you boycott a process you were an integral part of from start to finish? Sounds humorous!
It could have been more honourable for APC to fail honourably than making this mockery of their failure. It is not that they did not know they will fail. The truth is that they did not know what to give as an excuse for the failure. They failed even with their big names, or better put, their big for nothing names; a clear pointer to what is expected in the 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.
The Chairmanship and Councillorship election in Akwa Ibom State was an eye-opener in many ways. It showed clearly that by the cross-carpeting of some party faithful like Aloysius Etok, Ita Enang, Nsima Ekere, Umana Umana and the rest to APC, the problem of PDP was over. Inside PDP, they were covered by the political miens of resilient party faithful. Under the umbrella, they could pose as heavyweights but with the brooms, they become paperweights. The election results showed so. PDP won more without them.
Therefore, they were the problem of the PDP; and the problem is over. There are a million and one lessons for the experimentalists in APC to learn. Hard lessons though. The prodigal sons felt when they left PDP for pots of porridge; they would have created a vacuum. They were actually the vacuum of the PDP and by their departures, that chasm and gulf of emptiness was bridged by the party.
APC’s failure largely exposes that those frontrunners are not on ground, and they will never be. Even within the APC, there is NDDC Chapter. It’s like this outing was for this new chapter to test its popularity, and the “Original APC” groaned. Worst still, most of the wards fielded two APC councillorship Candidates, working at cross-purposes. How can they ever win in such situation! The post-failure analysis of the party also reveals a blame game. Most of these supposed APC stalwarts used the desperation of their chief financier to breathe life into their dying pockets. There had been a serious disconnect between them and their people; they do not pitch their tents with the masses, and they know. All what was on their mind was how to milk NDDC dry in the name of elections. Even when the funds were promptly released from the heart of the party, it could not circulate to the real parts of their political bodies. The veins and arteries of the channels were broke and broken. There ended the blood in their pockets. Money was in wrong hands. Wrong hands do not do right things.
How relevant were these guys beyond the rubrics of rhetoric? The armour bearer and APC ‘ECOMOG Commander’, Senator Aloysius Etok, politically is like oil on water in his constituency. He flew on the wings of Chief Otu Robert to become a senator; the only senator that was very close to being recalled. He wanted a third term but was lifted out with one finger by Senator Godswill Akpabio. Shame! And the man removed him seamlessly. How can such a person ever dream of dislodging PDP in Ikono/Ini? As a senator, what could he beat his chest and point at as the benefactor? That was why he resorted to carrying thugs around which yielded no impact. Is that how they win elections?
Senator Ita Enang is just on an ego war with Governor Udom Emmanuel. He knows APC cannot win PDP in Akwa Ibom State. He himself does not also have political relevance even in his community. All his being former this and former that are often circumstantial. Any man that cannot win election in his domain is not a grass rooter. Local Government elections are for grass rooters. Are these the men APC would have used to win election in Akwa Ibom State? It is not possible; not now, not in 2019, not even in the near future.
If APC wants to grow in Akwa Ibom State, the first step is to accept their excruciating defeat by the PDP in the Local Government Election. Accept you lost, and tell it to the world. That acceptance can be followed with self-audit and way forward. If APC avoids the truth of their huge failure, and sweeps their fumbling under the carpet, they will continue to inhale dust and eventually choke and give up. Or they continue to be comic relief to the world. The truth can set them free. PDP is the truth. PDP cruises on!
_Imo Etimudo, a journalist was one of the accredited journalist in the last local government elections in Akwa Ibom_
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
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Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank
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