Time and over, the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom state as the serial losers (both in their past splinter groups and current amalgam status)at Governorship elections in Akwa Ibom state, have recklessly showed their ghoulish tendencies wherein the create a mountain of a molehill for prominence, or mow a baby in order to feast on its carcass. It has become traditional for them to feast on matters that are inconsequential and pedestrian, drawing unnecessary attention to the matters and thereafter abandoning the discourse midway.
An apt pointer to the deep-seated ghoulish tendencies of the APC can be manifestly located in the Press release wherein the Publicity secretary of the APC in a face saving strategy decided to publicly display the degree of ignorance of the law by the hierarchy of their party, by issuing a statement attempting to mock Governor Udom Emmanuel for seeking to enforce the provision of the constitution which bars and prohibits the prosecution of a Governor and or his Deputy, during the duration of their tenure in office . In a further display of abundant deficiency of history, he exposed his ignorance of the fact that the first time (under the current constitution and democratic experience)when Section 308 (which confers among other things immunity from civil or criminal prosecution on Governors) was tested, was against the APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinunbu( then serving as Governor of Lagos state). The then Lagos Governor’s defence which was predicated on the constitutional provision was upheld and the reliefs of the claimant denied. That section therefore became a shield against that prosecution.
We know for a fact that in the estimation of the APC, the Law should be different for members of the opposition. No constitutional safeguards should be obeyed when dealing with opposing politicians, but those who either defect or move to the broom coven are canonised and proclaimed as saints.
We state boldly that the prosecutions the Governor of Akwa Ibom State(by the inclusion of his name on the charge sheet) by the EFCC is legally wrong, constitutionally abnormal and undertaken only to vex the person and office of the Governor of Akwa Ibom state. He is therefore right in taking legal steps to remove his name from the filed processes. We are therefore at sea as to the intendment of the release in issue, except to serve as a face saving gimmick by the Publicity Secretary of the APC, who has in recent times received a lot of bashing from his party men for reasons not unconnected to official remarkable ineptitude. Well, if such caricaturist articles against the Governor is his only strategy to keep his job, then he should have a serious rethink.
As for the preachments on probity, accountability and financial responsibility, we present to him, a more fitting audience of APC faithful especially their Governorship candidate who has earned the ignoble award of running the most corrupt management of the NDDC (and by extension any public agency), as stated by contractors and protesters at the agency’s headquarters recently. Even the media committee of that broom mob is a good example of financial mismanagement. Was it not in their committee, that 11 million naira was embezzled and people claimed to have paid CNN and other international stations ‘appearance fees’? For APC to pontificate on financial issues is akin to charcoal describing snow as black.
We urge all rational persons to completely discountenance the ill conceived article disingenuously penned by the APC Publicity Secretary. It should be seen as what it is, straw clutching technics or the inevitable sprouting of ghoulish tendencies.
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
Peoples Democratic Party
Akwa Ibom State