MOMENT OF TRUTH:
-By Hon. Emem Edoho
Group calls on Gov. Udom Emmanuel and the entire PDP family in Akwa ibom state to ignore the rantings of Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh as a venomous catalogue full of malicious slander and Political incitement against Elder Ben Udobia , the most revered and compassionate political leader in the history of Esit Eket LGA.
Facts are sacred.
Permit me to debunk the wanton and highly inflammatory Political rantings of the Esit Eket/ Ibeno House of Assembly member, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, Chairman of House of Assembly Committee on Public utilities and Rural Development. Reason, the allegations that the revered political leader Elder Ben Udobia planted Barr. Bassey Dan Abia Jnr and cohorts in APC, prior to the 2019 general elections, and now is using Bassey Dan Abia Jnr and co to deceive or dupe the Governor is highly insalubrious, scandalous, mischievous and full of innuendos. It’s a catalogue of fabrications and infantile allegations , arising from the ill- conceited attempt by the Hon. Member and his amorphous Political group , the Association for Better Esit Eket having failed to nicodemously and clandestinely hijack the party structures from the grassroot in the respective wards, against the directive of the Governor that there should be no conclave of Political kingmakers to cook party structures.
I therefore, urge all the good people of AKwa ibom , the Executive Governor and his dear wife, the leader of our great party to throw away the petitions of Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh and his gang into the dust bin. Throughout my sojourn in APC as a stakeholder and Director of ONE Social media center, a robust online and social media architecture in APC, there has never been a time that Elder Ben Udobia , the political leader of Esit Eket had any overt or covert dealings with any APC member, talkless of fraternizing with Bassey Dan Abia Jnr and cohorts, to go to APC and jump back to PDP to come and dupe the Governor. Far from the truth.
Let me state with all amount of emphasis within and outside my command that if there’s someone in Esit Eket that had a close indoor deal with the leadership of APC, including the Governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere, it’s the Hon. Member, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh. He had perfected an arrangements with APC Gov. Candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere to dump PDP with about 10 serving house of Assembly members as at then and cross carpet to APC. Unfortunately, the deal leaked and PDP blocked that move. That deal prompted Obong Nsima Ekere the former MD to clear the back log of his NDDC contract debts. Infact, Obong Nsima Ekere confessed that Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh’s Companies got the highest chunk of NDDC contract payments. Infact, he said he was the highest paid Akwa ibom contractor in NDDC during his tenure as the MD. The question now is , what warranted such high level of trust and cordiality to warrant the APC controlled NDDC board and MD to trust a serving PDP member of the House of Assembly? Simple, the political undercurrents, laced with huge payments from NDDC .
So, it is highly reckless , scandalous and mischievous for a very senior Political office holder like Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh to make such a wild allegations and inflammatory or unguarded statements against a decent Political personality and character like Elder Ben Udobia. Infact, It is Elder Ben Udobia leadership profile of transparency, honesty and integrity that compelled Barr. Bassey Dan Abia Jnr and myself, and others to dump APC and return to PDP to work for the re-election of His Excellency , Gov. Udom Emmanuel in the twilight of 2019 General elections. That Political calculus, engineered by Elder Ben Udobia, the political leader of Esit Eket LGA and Engr. Iniobong Robson Namnso, the Executive chairman of Esit Eket LGA , of course led to the total annihilation of the last strand of APC in Esit Eket. The results of the whole Election of 2019 in Esit Eket proved that PDP swept the entire 57 polling units in Esit Eket due to the immense goodwill and uncommon leadership virtues of Elder Ben Udobia. That’s quite rare and uncommon in Political arithmetics.
Friends of Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh and his colleagues should admonish him to tender a public apology to Elder Ben Udobia , the political leader of Esit Eket within 48 hours, or we will initiate his recall process from the Akwa ibom state House of Assembly.
Enough is enough.
Hon. Al mustapha Emem Edoho
Former Deputy Chapter Chairman of PDP, from 1998 to 2009. Foremost Chairmanship aspirant in PDP, 2002 Local Govt Election;
Former, Alternate Chairman, Research & media intelligence, APC media Committee, Akwa ibom state;
Former coordinator, ONE social media center for APC.
Former member, APC online media influencers.
Currently, PDP stakeholder, Esit Eket & Publisher, NAPPDRR Frontline magazine, A regional Magazine for the promotion of good Governance, Environmental Justice, DRR, SDGs.