His Excellency Senator Godswill Akpabio enjoys the right given to him by section 40 of the 1999 constitution as (amended) to belong or form any association or political party of his choice.
This fundamental right can not be derogated by even the concerns of partisan community. I find merit in the decision of Senator Godswill Akpabio to connect our dear state to the government at the centre. It will deepen our democracy and better attracts the dividends of democracy.
It will improve the competitive nature of our democracy, break the monopoly of the sitting party and the near one party system in our state. In fact, the defection of the former Senate Minority leader has balanced the polity and inflated the hopes of our people.
I must condemn the blackmail and massive attack on the person of the Senator, who was initially hailed and cheered by fair weather politicians. I must note that the genuine love of the masses and people across the three senatorial districts of the Ibibios, Annangs, Oros and all other ethnic groups.
These sponsored media attacks for an exercise of a personal rights is quite needles. His Excellency, the Senator, is no longer constitutionally qualified to be governor of Akwa Ibom State after an excellent and unparalleled performance in office.
The attack ofcourse mirrors their frustration in losing the tiger of Akwa Ibom from their political fold. Maybe the defection of the Senator is in protest to the inability of government to handle the crisis and terrorism in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo, two local governments in his constituency. These areas are now completely abandoned because of daily killings and kidnapping, schools and hospitals are shuts, public activities have stopped and criminals have effectively taken charge of these areas.
The main essence of government is for protection of lives and property where the people invest in government as the leviathan in a social contract protect in common, the lives and properties of all. Unfortunately today in these areas, life is shot, nasty and brutish. A war of all against all and the sitting government is either in conspiracy or helplessly incapacitated to help.
For these reasons, it is immoral to discuss the exercise of and individual’s constitutional right in the light of collapse and destruction that affects over a million of persons in the state.
In the circumstances, I register my support and empathy to the Senator and encourage him to trust in his prowess of his conscience and in the resolve to abandon non performing leaders and partner with credible leaders to salvage our state.
– Barr. Kemfon Neke