Members of the All progressives Congress, APC, in Ikot Abasi Local Government where the governorship candidate of the APC in the last governorship election, Nsima Ekere comes from, have continued to mock PDP faithful from the area, who voted massively for Governor Udom Emmanuel against their kinsmen, over the non-inclusion of any nominee from the local government in the new state executive council list which has been sent to the state house of assembly the governor.
It could be recalled that the governor had tremendous support from Ikot Abasi, home town of his major contender, Ekere in the March 9 governorship election and barely three months after the election, the then commissioner of agriculture and food sufficiency, Dr. Uduak Charles who also came from Ikot Abasi, was unceremoniously dropped from the Exco over what eye witnesses described as a light argument with the governor during the May Exco meeting, leaving the area with no representative in the state executive council.
They expected that having given a sweeping support to the governor, he would appease them with a significant appointment in his new cabinet and maintaining “political decorum when he kicked their kinsmen out of office three weeks before the end of his first term, but with the new list of commissioners sent to the state assembly for approval, things have fallen apart.
Political stakeholder, mainly PDP chieftains, who championed the Nsima failure are now gnashing their teeth and hiding their faces in shame.
Chapter chairman of the APC in Ikot Abasi, Ubong Ekpo when contacted to react on the development, described PDP leaders in the area as “rice and stew politicians” who were of no value to the governor.
According to him, the governor sees them as hungry workers, he can always hire with a pot of porridge. In his view, if the governor had any value for them, they should be the first to be given prominent stake in his government, in view of the role they played in re-electing him against their brother.
Again, a former councillor from Edemaya Ward I (Nsima Ekere's ward) and a PDP chieftain, Ubong Brown said the development was very shameful that the governor could treat Ikot Abasi with so much disdain.
He recalled how Udom sacked the only son of the area from his Exco shortly after his re-election. He however declined further comments, but agreed that adequate measure would be taken to show their disappointment in the governor's attitude.
A former chairman of Ikot Abasi Youth Assembly, Peniel Udonta rather described the development as an expression of the political worth of the PDP chieftains from Ikot Abasi.
According to him, the governor sees them as cheap betrayers who could sell their brother for just a pot of porridge. He maintained that the governor had the right to dump them “after all, he paid for their services”.
When contacted to comment on the issue, the member representing Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo in the state House of Assembly, Uduak Odudoh called for calm, assuring his people that the governor was not unmindful of the support they gave him. The lawmaker said there are many other appointments in the state government