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Date Published: 12/01/10

Godswill Akpabio should shut up on Atiku Abubakar


Please allow me a space in your widely read medium to react to the statement made by Governor Godswill  Akpabio that  Atiku Abubakar’s membership of the Peoples Democratic Party is questionable, as reported by Leadership Newspaper,Monday,November,29. 2010,front page.When I read through that frontpage news item to say the least, I was surprised that it came from a lawyer who should know the statutes and constitutional provisions of the Peoples Democratic Party.I remember at one time in the past that when Godswill Akpabio was a Lagos-based lawyer,where he mentioned in an interview that when travelling to his home, he was robbed by armed men. I pitied him then,because as he put it,he was disposed of his property.A lawyer no matter how unlearned should understand the ordinary member of a waiver.Before re-joining the Peoples Democratic Party,Atiku Abubakar followed due process and applied appropriately to the executive concerned.Besides,the application for the waiver must have been written by the coterie of lettered learned lawyers surrounding Atiku Abubakar which I believe are members of the Nigeria Bar Association like Godswill Akpabio.

Does Godswill Akpabio really know Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President was a founding member of Peoples Democratic Party?Does Godswill Akpabio really understand that former Vice-President did pay for the rent of the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party at its formation stage for two years?Comparing and contrasting the contributions of Godswill Akpabio to democracy and Atiku Abubakar’s every one will know that the Governor of Akwa Ibom State is ignorant and neophyte in politics and his lawyering,if I am granted permission. To be dishonest with one’s learning is a crime against humanity and a sin against God.To twist facts and correct information for selfish reasons and greed and especially from a lawyer is a disservice and gross misconduct.In fact,I urge the Nigeria Bar Association to scrutinize the genuinety of the papers of Governor Godswill Akpabio,his servces to the Law Profession and what this amounts to ,to the Honorable Profession and why the Governor should not be discredited and why he should be reprimanded for shunning the truth and being flippant with his mouth ,as it is.Godswill Akpabio should instantly look for the documents that granted the former Vice-President the waiver and he should go back into history which is part of Law and gurgle –up the contributions the contributions of the choice of Northern elders for the forth coming PDP primaries in January 2011.That much will refresh his memories and put him on right hand of the acts of the moment than standing the truth on its head.It is like of Godswill Akpabio,who are shameless and disrespectful to elders.The Northern Political Leaders Forum are a group of elders that have integrity,credibility,equity, transparency,and have been above board through out their career in the civil service,reached the zenith and left unscathed without stain from Caesar’s coin.They are saying that let the North complete the remaining four years, which is justifiable considering the gentleman agreement in the past.

In other words, whatever agreement, whichever promise we had before should be concluded before moving to another stage. It also means that it is dishonorable for a citizen who professes Christianity to break his vows.Let our nay be nay,and let our aye be aye.When I read the statement by the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State,Godswill Akpabio,ouch,I apologise,I mean the current Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State,so many things came to my mind.I thoughtly medidated that nothing lasts forever.I went to my Holy Bible in James 3:5 that’Even so the tongue is a little member,and boasteth great things.Behold,how great a matter a little fire kindleth.’

On top of this,I may be quoting in vain,because the witches and wizards abounding in Akwa Ibom State may not allow Godswill Akpabio to see or listen as he has been blinded by hunger for power. Senator Joseph Akpanoduhene has at several times accused the Governor to be the brain behind the assassinations  in the state.He has burnt Peoples’ houses in his lust for more power.He had running battle with his former boss,the former Governor,because his former boss attempted advising him.He is intolerant of other views and opinions. All those ,who are intolerant of other views, history show are tyrants. They misgovern and do not follow rules and regulations. Nigerians should condemn Godswill Akpabio immediately. Their type scuttle democracy. They mark time and do not want change. We should rise up against such antics and resist it forcefully.Atiku Abubakar is an honorable man,a gentle man,who follows the rule.He will provide genuine services to this country.Nigerians and the Peoples Democratic Party should ignore parasites like Godswill Akpabio.Atiku Abubakar in real sense is a candidate of the Nigerian People who has fought for democracy.He is a patriot of all times.He is an achiever who can replicate what he has done with his personal life at national level.With the much Government funds available at his disposal.Governor Godswill Akpabio has not being able to do anything in Akwa Ibom State. He uses the money given him to witch-hunt, to blackmail, to ruin peoples’lives, maim and kill. We know him very well here. Nigerian should not be deceived by arrange interviews to discredit patriots like Atiku Abubakar.Governor Godswill Akpabio should concentrate on the problems of poverty and want and misery bothering his state and rid it of witches and wizards,than to comment on what he does not know.

By: Ekanem Iniobong writes 13 Moonsoobn Close, By Pickavance Shopping Plaza,Off Tafang Street,Calabar,Cross-River State,Federal Republic of Nigeria


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