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Akpabio: End Of The Road For A Loquacious Senator?,… The Uncommon Gang-Up,… The Broom/Umbrella Confusion,… The South-South Connection

  • Written by  Paulinus Nta, Uyo
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Akpabio: End Of The Road For A Loquacious Senator?,… The Uncommon Gang-Up,… The Broom/Umbrella Confusion,… The South-South Connection

Days after the defeat of the former senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, more facts have emerged on why he lost his second term bid to a former deputy governor of the state, Chris Ekpenyong.

While a school of thought believes that the fall of the former governor was a divine design to prove to him that there is the God factor in politics, another group holds that Akpabio's failure at the polls was a product of a gang-up by his kinsmen, to deflate and puncture his ego, believed to be over bloated.

According to a second school of thought, Akpabio had long lost the respect and honour he owed his people, especially elders and political stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, particularly, the Annang nation.

A PDP chieftain from Etim Ekpo and immediate past state chairman of the Nigeria society of Engineers, Mfon Udo, in an interaction with our correspondent noted that Akpabio lost the election because he did not pay attention to details.

“He did not carry out a thorough campaign and sensitization of the electorate, especially the uneducated at the grassroots. He should have gone round to erase the umbrella from the minds of the old women and men in the villages”.

Udo however agreed that Akpabio was still popular and that many of those who voted against him, actually had him in mind, but did not know that the umbrella, which he had preached for over a decade, did not represent him any longer.

Another chieftain from Obot Akara, who pleaded anonymity, however disagreed with the umbrella / broom confusion and maintained that the elders and the gods of Annang land had long rejected him for not respecting the elders and for playing God.

“Akpabio recently saw himself as God, the statement he made during his campaigns, especially when he defected to the APC, turned the people's heart from him. How many political stakeholders in Annang land followed him to the APC?

He agreed however that the state would miss him on the floor of the senate and especially in national politics, but noted that  Akpabio had bitten the fingers that fed him.  “He did not even bother to consult his elders. He never sought anybody's opinion or advice; he thought he was too powerful and popular.

However, while addressing his supporters at his campaign ground last Wednesday, APC governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere charged them to remain resolute in their support for the APC. Ekere however noted that reliable findings showed that the PDP bought the votes at the presidential and National Assembly elections.

While urging them to come out and cast their votes, Ekere assured them that their mandate would be reclaimed

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