By Emmanuel Nicholas
Nothing could be more pathetic than to listen to the ceaseless verbal masturbation by politicians who have failed to launch themselves to reckoning due to their inability to use judiciously opportunities given them. They have resorted to talking carelessly and without any modicum of decency. Fortunately for them, they have found a sponsor in an extremely self-centered All Progressive Congress (APC) guber hopeful who will rather go hungry in other to sponsor hate messages and lies that serve his desires.
Homo sapiens like Otu Ita Toyo find means of livelihood from the pockets of the failed APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Obong Umana Okon Umana by attempting to suppress the truth with fluke ideologies on established zoning formula of Akwa Ibom State. It is a sad story that ought to attract sympathy but it is also annoying that those who ought to know are talking carelessly.
Chief Ita Otu Toyo is attempting to twist logic. Facts that are clear and sacred. The only explanation that I get is that he is not in his lucid moments. He is obviously under a few influences; alcohol being the cheapest he can afford. I’m sure Toyo has tasted a few bottles of illicit gin to satiate his addiction, as his financial status has been ruined by intense deviance.
Ita Toyo should have told Obong Umana to relocate the local brewery to his house rather than try to manipulate the sensibilities of intelligent Akwa Ibom people who will not give in to his charlatanism; I mean his alcoholically hallucinated concoction on the zoning policy.
When one makes his wife to cry wrongly, he should expect damnation, for no righteous tears of a virtuous wife returns without grave consequences. So the child who poured his parent hot water, another generation will see his own child give him faeces to eat as food. What you sow, is what you must reap, surely there is no escape route.
Chief Otu Ita Toyo’s political redundancy is caused by his tortoise politicking since he was the party chairman, it has been several alleged that he defrauded many political office seekers and looted millions of naira from them. His wavy financial behaviour made the whole political class to reject and abandon him to self-illusion.
So for Umana to find solace in such deceitful character, like Toyo paints a clear picture of what would have become of his supposed government, God forbid. The people of the state are awake to realism that Obong Okon Umana’s aggressive bid for power is not to the advantage of the masses but is for the purpose of trying to deceive them and get to power by crook and cons, turning around and amassing more wealth to his loot.
Chief Ita Toyo cannot attract one vote from his community not to talk about winning his unit as his deception has made both the youth and women of his immediate community to see as a dubious person who will always come to deceive them for votes and never give back to the community. Chief Asuquo Effiong openly in Oron Stadium described him as politician who is self-centred and will always want all for himself and never for the people. Chief Asuquo urged the entire Oro nation not to listen to insensitive venoms.
Zoning is about morality and there is no truth that does not attract persecution. Let me help Ita Toyo of the saint bottle’s confraternity to analyse the history of zoning in Akwa Ibom State, that zoning is established morality in the State and his drunken song cannot change it.
In 1991, the National Republican Convention (NRC) which was then the ruling party in the State, during nomination had the late Obong Akpan Isemin from Uyo Senatorial District. In 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party zoned power to Uyo Senatorial District and Obong Victor Attah won and he continued till 2007.
In 2007, Obong Victor Attah the incumbent Governor zoned power to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and against all odds Senator Godswill Akpabio won and continued till 2015. Zoning may not be a constitutional Law in Nigeria but an issue for morality for national peace. Power sharing is enshrined in the federal character which allows power sharing among tribes and religion for what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Since the creation of the 27 years old state, nobody from Eket Senatorial District has ever lead Akwa Ibom state. Uyo have taken 8 years with Obong Victor Attah, and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District has completed its 8 years tenure. Before now, Uyo have also produced Obong Akpan Isemin from the same Etinan Federal Constituency where the APC candidate, Obong Umana Okon Umana hails from and another military governor in Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga yet Eket Senatorial District is the economic nerve of Nigeria.
The popular clamour for power shift to Eket Senatorial District is an idea whose time has come and the opposition cannot overcome the movement of justice, equity and fairness. The Eket Senatorial stakeholders severally restated their adoption of Governor Udom Emmanuel as their sole candidate for eight years and their adoption is sacrosanct, irretrievable and irreversible.
The likes of Chief Ita Toyo are negligible elements, as the people of the Senatorial District are resolute and will always mobilize support for their illustrious son, Governor Udom Emmanuel. In Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District as a whole, Umana Okon Umana stood no chance, the Annang Nation as a whole supported their son, and uncommon transformer, the former Governor, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio and saw Udom’s ambition as their own ambition and a pathway for futuristic growth. Apart from redefining good governance in the state, Akpabio has posted such a solid performance to the admiration of all. His five star performances encouraged the people to reward him by supporting his preferred successor.
Although Oro nation did feel aggrieved with the PDP that they were denied the opportunity to present a candidate at the 2015, polls, they had long reconciled their interest and decided, to align with their fellow Eket Senatorial District as the stood to lose nothing than voting an Umana from Uyo. Who is lying to them that will hand over power to them after eight years.
Obong Umana Okon Umana sees the Oro people as senseless in his mind by trying to deceive them and play the Esau and Jacob deception and he believed he can use loose tongues like Chief Otu Ita Toyo to negatively galvanise the hearts of the people in the area to support him.
Oro nation are solidly behind their Governor, recently the National President of Esu Nlap Oro, Ulap Joseph Okon had led an amalgam of Oro youths to CKS primary school in Uyo and restated their position to support Governor Udom Emmanuel for eight year without vacillating.
The failed All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Umana Okon Umana, UOU, was primed to fail woefully in the Saturday, April 11, 2015 governorship polls. UOU at a point in time was the most hated man in Akwa Ibom state.
This was when he singularly mobilized every resource and some equally misguided politicians to resist the popular clamour for power-shift or zoning of the governorship to Eket Senatorial District because of his tall ambition to be governor at all cost, Umana Umana was known to have victimised Commissioners, Special Advisers, and contractors who were not persuaded by his ambition. He spread fear and terror in and out of government circles until he was kicked out of office. He became the most powerful secretary to the state government in the history of Akwa Ibom and his victims only can tell the story.
People who knew Umana Umana very well had vowed that, never again will they allow a man, well known for his vindictive tendency, gross abuse of power, office and position to get there again above all, the critical office of governor.
The perception that Umana is desperate to be governor only to settle scores with the many political enemies he has made for himself with his wicked politics was another minus for him. Aggrieved as he was, politicians were of the opinion that, if Umana becomes governor, Akwa Ibom will become a theatre of conflict, witch-hunt, intimidation and oppression. His antecedence as the strongman, and so-called engine room of Governor Godswill Akpabio’s government was simply unscrupulous.
So, the saint bottle’s song of Chief Otu Ita Toyo is apparently made from a bar in Oro beach , it may be influenced by the portion called ‘’combine’’, a mixture of illicit dry gin and Indian hemp and wonder the key of that the song was produced with as it has refused to synchronise in the ears of every listener in Akwa Ibom State.