Aniekeme Finbarr, Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on New Media wrote a piece on Don’t Take People for granted.
He reflected on what happened on 16th July, 2018 and what led to the downfall of the for minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio
On this day last year, July 16, 2018, the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District people under the platform of the PDP, gathered at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium to endorse Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio for a second term.
They were happy that Governor Emmanuel, their inlaw had not disappointed them, and they wished him to continue delivering the dividends.
The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District through the chairman on the occasion, Sen Chris Ekpenyong, acknowledged the senator who as their leader has supported their son inlaw, the Governor, to succeed. They promised that they would purchase his second term nomination form and also bar anyone from challenging his re-election.
Two things happened immediately after that, the Governor mounted the podium and promised to bring more developments to the district, assuring that he would not betray their confidence in him.
On the other hand, Senator Akpabio on the rostrum told the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District people that with or without their support, he will actualize his ambition. “Did anyone hear me mention party here? With or without your party I can use any political platform and get a second term.”
Few days after, he resigned as the leader of the PDP in the Senate, and left PDP for the party of brooms. He arrived this same venue several hours later with some persons most of whom were strangers to his people, and vowed to dislodge the governor and capture the state in three hours for APC.
NOTE: DONT TAKE ANYBODY FOR GRANTED IS WRITTEN BY ANIEKEME FINBARR
He also orchestrated the most vile attack ever mounted in modern history by a predecessor against his successor, and composed many adaptations from regular local gospel songs and performed on several platforms, such songs as the infamous, “Akpabio asio ukot, Udom atua eyet, kop ntuanga ke PDP”(Akpabio kicks Udom, Udom cries out, I hear cries in PDP).
That period which came with the Warsaw chants and the nauseating exclamation, “where was God in 2015 when I singlehandedly made him Governor”, stirred all Christians in the state to rise and seek God’s response.
God’s answers were seen in February and March 2019 and that is for the records. The lessons will be leant for ages, never take the people for granted.