For the sake of my love for my Local Government and my party; Peoples Democratic Party, I have decided to engage you all in this thoughtful piece; hence I solicit your adoption.
I commend the show of love exhibited by all the chairmanship and councillorship aspirants in Uyo under the unifying and passion driven family the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). If not for love for service to your mother land Uyo, your aspirations wouldn’t have been heard except a few disgruntle elements whose aspirations are borne out of rapacity.
I also express my inward feeling of thankfulness to a man who has shown utmost level of sportsmanship in the game of politics in Uyo Hon. Ifiok George (Ifiok Eyen-Uwem), for his courage to terminate his aspiration and identify with the peoples interest #DivineChoice against the odds of his supporters. He hasn’t only won the hearts of Uyo people but has also shown a high level of respect to the Governor and the party (PDP). Since Hon. Ifiok George has divinely collapsed his structure to that of Divine Choice, then to me, this singular act alone can be best described as “Divine Loyalty”.
Posterity won’t be on my side if I fail to salute the courage of the member representing Uyo State Constituency Hon. Monday Eyo whose singular act of publicly declaring his support for Elder Imoh Okon has proven right to our local parlance which says Nyin Udung asena nte eka ana(The pestle is usually seen at were the muter is found). May we be convinced that this show of unity shall stand a taste of time and also may our remaining brothers who are found wanting see the need to identify with us as soon as possible.
Reminiscing on the political, economical and social being of Uyo for some years back except recently, underdevelopment, opposition, deprivation of rights and privileges by government could be keenly envisaged all because of our instability in the winning/ruling party of our state.
Ab`initio, our pursuit for power with the “I MUST WIN” ideology has been a major factor delimitating against our political progress while ignoring the fact that in every contest, there is always one winner. Subsequently, the anger that gulps the mind of the losers gives birth to defection with the timid mindset of seeking solace at where it couldn’t be found other than the winning/ruling party.
Also, our insatiable and impatient attitude sometimes drives us out of the party with the intention of pursuing what we feel could be obtainable without due process disregarding the fact that there is time and process for everything. So, in attempt to act before the appointed time, doom befalls on us hence defection to another party. A candid example of this is the present zoning system in our state.
Another issue we experience is that of the son robbing shoulders with the father sometimes, that’s why our rights, privileges and development in the hands of government are denied owning to the fact that a father can never entrust certain responsibilities into the hands of a son that fights him. It is expected that every citizen of a state owes the Governor a responsibility of respect and loyalty. All of these are avoidable factors that we overlook.
In recent times now, a man which is reffered to in one of my articles as”Moses of our time” and also popularly known as the champion of Uyo politics Hon Prince Enobong Uwah came as a redeeming factor to Uyo to bridge the lacuna of party instability amongst us. It is on record that his involvement in the Akpabio led government till now has brought to us tremendous unity, development, party stability and massive support for the rulling party cum government.This wasn’t achieved because he; EnobongUwah left PDP to another party after he failed in his aspiration in 2009 but because he was steadfast, loyal and above all had the interest of letting Uyo have its own share of government dividends as a capital city.
It is obvious that Continued steadfastness and loyalty to the party as well as effective patnership with the government and relevant authorities can attract development to us but the more we defect, oppose and fight, the more we scare aware government presence and development in our locality.
On this premise, I hereby implore all aspirants in Uyo on the platform of PDP that in the course of their aspirations, let the interest of Uyo which is development and unity and that of the party PDP be your utmost priority knowing too well that with PDP Uyo is safe and also with Uyo PDP is safe in Akwa Ibom State. The spirit of sportsmanship should be seen after the party primaries as we expect to see the losers rise to embrace the flag bearer and subsequently join hands in eradicating the Association of Past Criminals from our midst.
For the love of Uyo, Peoples Democratic Party and Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, consider not the thought of leaving the party after primaries as they (pigs) shall come to lure you into mud swim with them.
Finally, let me thank the Peoples Democratic Party under the able and pragmatic leadership of Obong Paul Ekpo for the recent inauguration of Mobilization and Advisory committee in Uyo Local Government Area. It is believed that this committee shall rise to justify their responsibilities for the success of our great party.
Congratulations to all the party flag bearers in advance!
Comrade Michael Ekott
Uyo LGA, Ward Nine (9)