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INTERVIEW: Sen. Akpabio has no moral justification to dictate to Gov. Udom Emmanuel – Destiny Young

Jan 10, 2018
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INTERVIEW: Sen. Akpabio has no moral justification to dictate to Gov. Udom Emmanuel – Destiny Young



Destiny Young is a youth much concerned with the development of his home Akwa Ibom State. In this interview with Beekee Anyalewechi, he bares his mind on several trending topics from the recent tall order former Governor Godswill Akpabio, at the moment a senator, handed down to Governor Udom Emmanuel to either shift more development to the Ikot Ekpene area or risk forfeiting re-election, to proliferation of illegal arms in the state. Mr. Young, a media influencer and ICT expert, says Mr. Akpabio is short of the required level of moral right to dictate to Gov Emmanuel. He says that if the incumbent would seek re-election, it is the voters across the state that will determine his fate; not Akpabio. He also speaks on the ugly trend of cultism among youths. Excerpts.


Q: Former Governor Godswill Akpabio has given Governor Udom Emmanuel the condition for his re-election. As a young man from the state, was Akpabio right?


A: Former Governor (Godswill) Akpabio has no moral justification to give Governor Udom Emmanuel condition for re-election. Akpabio is now a Senator representing only 10 Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State and naturally should restrict his overbearing influence in his constituency. Akwa Ibom State has 31 LGAs. If at all Governor Udom Emmanuel wants to go for a second term, he will have to convince the entire Akwa Ibom State why he should be given such a chance. Akpabio should stop playing God.


It was easy for Akpabio to install Udom Emmanuel in 2015 because he had access to use the Police, the DSS (Department of State Services) and a comprised INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to rig election in Udom’s favour.


Today, Akpabio has openly confessed to the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) faithful and even to Udom Emmanuel that they no longer enjoy such access under the APC (All Progressives Congress)-led Federal Government.


Listen to him: “2018 is less than one year to election, all is not well; don’t allow anybody to deceive you that election will be a walk over for PDP. All is not well. We are in opposition, we don’t have government; we don’t have the police; we don’t have INEC.” He made this statement on December 31st, 2017 during an annual event hosted by the Deputy Governor for the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. With the statement above, Akpabio is greatly in fear.


Akwa Ibom people will in 2019 decide who leads them through the ballot, not through the barrels of gun.


Q: But as a citizen of the state, was Akpabio right in his accusation that Governor Emmanuel had abandoned his (Akpabio’s) senatorial district in terms of development activity?


A: Why would Akpabio be right to accuse (Governor) Udom of abandoning his(Akpabio) projects in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district when he (Akpabio) had announced to the world of completing those projects? Akpabio had abandoned various Ex-Governor Victor Attah’s signature projects like the Science and IT Park, and others. So it is more like a case of a kettle calling the pot black.


Q: Could the outburst of Akpabio be the general feeling of the elders of Akwa Ibom against Governor Emmanuel?


A: Akpabio’s outburst against Udom Emmanuel is very personal. He is pursuing his personal agenda, not the collective agenda of Akwa Ibom people


Q: Are the youths of Akwa Ibom satisfied with Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s achievements so far?


A: Akwa Ibom youths are very unsatisfied with Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s performance in office. Recently, National Bureau of Statistics released a report showing Akwa Ibom State as one of the states with the highest number of unemployed youths. Can the increasing number of unemployed youths be happy? No!

Q: So, if the youths are not happy, how have they complained to the Governor that he has not satisfied their expectations?

A: Majority of Akwa Ibom youths are just waiting for 2019 governorship election to exact their grievances.



Q: Reports of increased cult-related attacks in Akwa Ibom State have been making headlines in recent times. What led to this ugly situation?


A: Specifically, the report of cult attacks in Ukanafun axis has got something to with the political class, as police report on that matter suggested same. But basically, some of these cultists were possibly empowered by the politicians who can longer service them and have not mobbed up the guns given to them. The result is what has translated into an insecurity burden in the state.


Q: Does it then bother you that as the state moves into an election year, that several illegal arms had yet to be mopped up?




A: It’s a very serious concern. During the 2015 general elections, reports from various polling units showed that some people were armed for the purpose of intimidating voters as well as using force to cart away election materials at gunpoint. If those arms are not mobbed up now, there is the possibility that this will rear it ugly head again in 2019. Security agencies have to start now to mob up these arms.


Q: Since Akpabio left office about two years ago, has Akwa Ibom made progress in terms of general infrastructure?



A: There’s no much progress. Udom here is complaining that he is paying Akpabio’s debt, hence has little left for infrastructural development.


Q: As political activities will soon peak for 2019, what words do you have for Akwa Ibom youths?


A: Personally, I would advise Akwa Ibom youths especially those who don’t have voters card to avail themselves of the current window opportunity to get their voters cards and be ready to participate in a process that will give them the leadership they can be proud of. But my worry over Akwa Ibom youths had always been the attitude of some of them at polling units. Voting against your conscience because of N500 beer and cigarette money is very disgusting. What happens after that?








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