Last weekend, the State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio in his distinctive style insisted the State delegates for special national convention who converged at State’s House, Abuja, to vote for the Senatorial district they want the PDP candidate to come from, a situation where the overwhelming voice, vote for Eket Senatorial District.
The State Chief Executive, however, submitted he will have no option than to respect the wish of the people and affirmed that his successor will come from Eket Senatorial District. The scenario, our political desk learnt, has triggered lots of “missile” from individual and groups.
He stressed that the zoning arrangement had been entrenched in the state’s political system, prior to the return of democracy in 1999 till 2007 when Chief Akpabio ascended the throne, saying, “2007 it was Godswill from the AKPF stock, 2011, the same Godswill; 2015, let it be the will of God” Ekpe James pointed out that Eket Senatorial District is very rich, both in human and material resources and has a rich array of professionals all over the area and urged the people to sheathe their sword and support Governor Akpabio’s avowal that power should shift to Eket Senatorial District.
The Chairman who also took time out to enumerate his achievements since inception of his administration said, “in terms of human development, I have 728 men in my payroll every month, and this has lifted much burden from me, because these men are also carrying others along in one way or the other.
Under one year in office, since there were enormous challenges between our councilors and civil service clerks due to lack of accommodation, “I quickly swung into action. Today, I’ve built a brand new 17 offices complex with end suits; modern standard, of course, the best in this part of the world, and it’s 98 percent completed. I’ve fenced round the entire council secretariat.
“By the grace of God, I’ve built a world-class canteen, where staff of the council and others can sit conveniently eat and relax” Others include; building of new edifice that accommodates Post Office; an agency of the Federal government, WAEC office, revealing that plans have been concluded to build “the Executive chambers of Ibesikpo Asutan”, saying the master plan as well as the structure are out, expressing hope that once rains stop, the job shall kick starts and will take 180 days to complete.
“I don’t always love to be the one to blow my trumpet, please get the feelers from my people; conduct investigative journalism”, he quipped.
It will be recalled that in December 2012, Apostle Ekpe James, bought over 600 bags of rice and share to his people, 7 brand new cars to personnel of the council and some political office holders.
The council boss however expressed pleasure at Governor Akpabio’s people-focused leadership style, referring to him (Akpabio) as his exemplar.
We, however, scooped from different quarters that so far, Ekpe James’ efforts aimed at reordering trends in development positively have attracted accolades and awards to his government in the last 365 days in office.
His modest contribution to the socio-political renaissance of the area has been commended by political analysts.
[Ernest E. Akpan]
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly