By Okon Bassey in Uyo
As the nation enters another year of political activities, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has warned political elders in the state against making provocative utterances capable of igniting the state.
The Governor who spoke at the Ibom International Airport with Journalists while returning from official engagement in Abuja cautioned that he would not compromise with anybody irrespective of status the peace and security currently enjoyed in the state.
The Governor’s comment appears to have been a reaction to a remark purportedly made by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio at a meeting hosted by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Moses Ekpo for the members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.
Akpabio at the meeting recently held at the Independent Hall, Abak local government area of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District was quoted to have said that the district was marginalised with uncompleted projects initiated by the immediate past administration of Senator Akapbio abandoned by his successor.
According to the Governor, with 2019 general elections around the corner people were most likely bent on changing the narrative to score cheap political points and warned that his administration would not treat statements that were bound to cause public disaffection lightly.
“This year is going to be a little bit busier in terms of politics and once you enter into a political terrain of this nature so many things come up.
“… but let me also use this platform to warn any Akwa Ibom person that with the sacrifice we’ve made to maintain peace in the state, we won’t tolerate anybody, anybody underlined, to breach that peace. You can see that people have made a lot of sacrifices in the last three years to maintain peace in the state. “
Governor Emmanuel posited that the country was in a phase of changing the political narrative for a new political culture and advised that people should be guided by their core values while making public pronouncements.
He expressed shock at what he termed an emerging political theory whereby excellence was sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity, saying there was need for a review of the benchmark of assessment.
“Let me also say here that it’s just a new political theory where a post graduate student would score 100 per cent and you say it’s a mock examination and is a failure.
“So if you score 100 per cent and under the new dispensation of a political theory, it is a failure. It means we have to go back to the drawing board and know what the pass mark is.
“If 100 per cent under the new political theory is a failure then it holds much to be desired”, Governor Emmanuel declared.
Emphasising that he would not compromise the peace of the state with any individual or group the Governor particularly warned opinion leaders and others to respect themselves for peace to reign in the state.
“I want to believe that every single individual would respect himself or herself so that peace can reign in Akwa Ibom State and that is the last warning I can give”, the Governor declared.