Just Before The APC Funeral In Akwa Ibom State Written By Inibehe Effiong, About a week ago, I wrote a well publicised and well received piece titled: ‘2015: Why Jonathan and PDP will Lose in Akwa Ibom State’ As expected, the piece generated so much debate within the intellectual and political circles. While many aligned with my postulations, others rejected it entirely as an unrealisable fantasy. I have observed that the APC, which should ordinarily be the ultimate beneficiary of my prophetic declaration, is so seduced and flattered by her chances to a point of crass insensitivity and naivety.
Thus, this piece is intended to remind the APC clearly that inasmuch as our people are fade-up with the barbarism of the PDP, there is no magic wand for them in Akwa Ibom State come 2015. This is more apposite given the need for the APC to present a very credible candidate to teaming electorates at the polls.
Former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, (now APC) and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Senator James John Akpan Udoedehe is a very brave man. However, he is on a self-destructive path of attaining a record as the most insensitive, greedy and egocentric politician in recent political history.
I read with disgust the news that Sen. Udoedehe has been cleared by the APC to contest the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party in the state. Though it is within his constitutional right to aspire and contest, it is also within the constitutional right of the electorates in Akwa Ibom State to reject him.
During the 2011 elections, Sen. Udoedehe gave the then docile opposition in the state a new life which saw the emergence of one state and one federal legislators on the platform of the ACN despite the massive daylight rigging orchestrated by the PDP with the total support of state apparatus and institutions.
He later went to the Elections Petitions Tribunal to seek redress against the electoral malfeasance. Unfortunately, his petition was never heard or determined on the merit having been caught by the 180 days timeline set by Section. 285 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) for the hearing and determination of election petitions. The rest as they say is history.
Admittedly, during the 2011 elections, Udoedehe had enormous support from the masses of Akwa Ibom State who were and are still very tired of the atrocities and sins of the Governor Godswill Akpabio-led administration.
However, a lot has changed between then and now. One issue that will always haunt Udoedehe’s political journey is his contempt for differing views and ingratitude to followership. A man with an almost incurable penchant for abandoning supporters after elections should never be entrusted with power. Politics is about the people. Those who died, and others who risked their precious lives for Udoedehe in 2011 had long been abandoned by him. At least, I have personally engaged some of them and their stories is most pathetic.
Do not get me wrong, I am not saying he should have enlisted them in his payroll or fed them daily. The fact is that he just neglected and relegated his supporters as if there would be tomorrow. Also, there is this very hotly debated issue about his fidelity with resources, especially monetary.
His aspiration to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State on the platform of the APC is very insatiable and has clearly shown that he does not have modicum understanding of the dynamics of opposition politics. The Udoedehe of 2011 who had a cult-like followership is so different from the Udoedehe of today that can hardly command a little crowd.
The problem with Udoedehe is that he thinks so much of himself, he has an over-bloated ego which might degenerate into acute messianic delusion if he presses on with his ambition. This is the reason why he cannot see that Akwa Ibom people have rejected him. He does not command the kind of support and acceptability that he had in 2011 anymore. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2