When Acceptability Submerges Falsehood: The Ephraim Inyang-eyen’s Example.
Recently, when Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen threw his hat in the political ring of Akwa Ibom State and officially declared his intention to vie for Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District to represent the law abiding indigenes of the oil-rich senatorial district, having x-rayed the chances before him and possibilities of getting his party’s nomination ticket. Missiles from known quarters and from different armouries were charged up, energized and triggers of blackmail and hate infested bullets directly targeted at him were consciously released.
What was his offense? Simply! He decided to exercise his constitutional guaranteed right to vote and be voted for.
Hell of blackmail, false accusation, backstabbing and name calling were let lose by those who at a time benefitted immensely from his benevolence and goodwill. These group of men came up with truckloads of unsubstantiated and unproven allegations aimed at tarnishing his hard-earned reputation just to present him before the electorates as being unfit to occupy any elected office in the country.
They exhumed zoning rhetoric without any consideration and intentionally ignored the fact that all the three federal constituencies (Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urue Offong/Oruko, Ikot Abasi/Mkpat Enin/Eastern Obolo and Eket/Onna/Esit Eket/beno federal constituencies) in Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District had their fair share when their sons and daughters were the representatives of the senatorial district and that, any federal constituency blessed with acceptable, committed and credible person can commence the next round of rotation of the senatorial seat.
The naysayers did not have second thoughts. To them, acceptability, courage, boldness, antecedent and quest for development need not to be considered in the selection process of the representative of Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, one of outstanding senatorial districts in Nigeria. Just like the Biblical crowd, they preferred “anybody” to Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen, whose interaction with the people over the years has been that of socio-economic development, youths and women empowerment.
Despite his contribution to the development of the state, these hirelings attempted to reduce his rising profile and acceptability which has gained unprecedented popularity from Uta Ewa in Ikot Abasi Local Government to Udung Osin in Oron Local Government Areas.
Unknown to them, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen’s volcano like fame has swept away hatred and unnecessary sentiments from the minds of the people of Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District against Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen, one of the valuable assets from the area.
Did they know that their mockery and lies against this blessed humanist with a prepared mindset for service will be submerged by unquantifiable love and general acceptability in the senatorial district? The answer is NO!
Truly, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him”, Proverbs 16:7.