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By Prince Anietie Ekanem


In every four political year, Akwa Abasi Ibom State is thrown into a state of pandemonium and chaotic genius loci of choosing who next is fittest at the number one position.

While many pitch their tents of loyalty at political camps of their best personal interest, a lot more are beclouded by the primordial sentiments of; common locality, personal relationship, while the other masses wail from afar and form their ignorant opinions and imaginations only from the atmospheric hearsay.

Though an helpless – insignificant fraction of independent patriots could take the trouble, to weigh the pros and cons in the order to fathom who merits best in taking the state to a rightful forward, but the truth still remains that more than 95% of those who have the opportunity to be co – influencers in choosing the next Governor of Akwa Ibom state, have done that under reasons, not in the best interest of our commonwealth as a state and as a people.

The major problem of governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are often ipso facto, those least suited to do it and so therefore: anyone who has overbearing capability of imposing themselves should on no account be allowed to do the job.

It is very clear that those, whose interest it is, in the imposing succession plan to put their own, have reasons other than what is in the best interest of Akwa Ibom Stat; but must we continue to sell our future and that of our children to this prodigious squandermania of our commonwealth? If we are not foreseeing that the never-do-wells will continue to take over the affairs of our precious land and hang our destiny on a shattered light if the political trend continues unabated; then let’s be rest assured that we are only postponing a day of another agony.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better, no! But the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms and devotions; who submerges himself in a worthy course; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

For a few decades now, Akwa Ibom State have been stricken with the political disease of submitting to a one man decision when it comes to choosing who becomes the next Governor; and this subtly devastating ailment have snowballed into a political Tradition in the Land of promise; are we not seeing that this political tradition as it is, calculatedly and consciously manipulated from high places, to impoverish the largest masses who would helplessly become ready to sell their votes for peanuts when the time comes, most of them would desperately anticipate political seasons being the only time for them to improve on their survival; while on a broad day light, we continue watch our precious resources wasted and gone down the drain and our Land decaying.

But there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is the right thing to do

One is not to be so blind with patriotism or loyalty to Government that they can’t face reality.
Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

Let’s choose our Governor right this time!
Let’s choose Integrity!
Let’s choose the man of the people!
Let’s choose who deserves it!




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