How come this man His Excellency , Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio , CON , remains the centre – point of the most bitter , unrelenting and disingenuous hate campaign by unscrupulous detractors?
Ordinarily , one would have thought that, having relinquished office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State following the vacation of that mandate by the
Constitution on May 29 , 2015 , Chief Akpabio would be left alone to face his new assignment . Alas ! Pharaoh and his army never gives up their chase of innocent Israelites .
The latest agent to sign – onto the AKPABIO – MUST- BE – DESTROYED squad is one Barr. Leo Ekpenyong , said to be an Abuja based Lawyer . News making the rounds purport that, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun investigation into alleged theft of N 108. 1billion of Akwa Ibom funds by former Governor Godswill Akpabio .
The action , reports say , followed a petition forwarded to the commission by this lawyer , who just popped up and riding on the crest of the new wave f persecution Chief Akpabio is facing , has suddenly been described
as an activist .
Apparently inspired by the aphorism that, “ a lie told often enough becomes the truth ’ by Vladimir Lenin ,
Akpabio ’ s traducers have laboured hard to recur and reinforce their woven tales of graft and misdemeanour, allegedly traceable to him. We are therefore not too shocked about the desperation with which those who have made Senator Akpabio their ‘ punch bag’ , have dedicated a huge chunk of their time and enormous resources to sustain their slur and tar brush mob action against the distinguished Senator .
Expectedly , some of their fronts in online and print media have jumped into the bandwagon . Akpabio ’ s nemesis, they say is nigh . The Economic and Financial crimes Commission has commenced probe of Akpabioto nail him. From their use of words, Akpabio is guilty even without , or before trial . If they had their primitive way, Akpabio should simply be locked up in an underground cell in Guantanamo Bay prison and the keys thrown into the pacific ocean . If abuses could kill, if negative propaganda could obliterate a man , Akpabio would long have been dead . These agents of falsehood have not spared any word , no matter how weird , demeaning and insolent to blast the governor .
Albeit, with all the fuss and fury about EFCC hunting Akpabio down , share the reassuring words of truth from Anietie Ekong, a close aide of the former governor . “ The so – called invitation of Senator Godswill Akpabio by the EFCC is a crude fabrication and only exists in the imagination of the sponsors of the phantom story . To be sure , EFCC is an agency that operates openly and it ’ s media department informs the public from time to time about its operation .
When former Governor of Imo State , Chief Ikedi Ohakim was invited by the Commission , the whole world was briefed . When former Governor of Jigawa State , Alhaji Sule Lamido was invited , it was in the papers . When former Governor of Adamawa State ,
Alhaji Murtala Nyako was invited , it was in the mainstream newspapers.
But same cannot be said of Senator Godswill Akpabio because there ’ s no such invitation by the EFCC . Why is it that it is only the so- called invitation of Senator Akpabio that the mainstream media has not reported.
Why is it that it is only this phantom invitation that only circulates among APC gossip fora. I have seen the petition by the APC Lawyer , Barrister Leo Ekpenyong and I can tell you that it ’ s not worth the paper on which it is typed . It is laughable, to say the very least. EFCC is a serious organisation and I think the agency cannot waste it’ s precious time on pieces of thrash spiced with rumour sourced from drinking joints .
I was with the former Governor yesterday before he left for sitting at the Red Chambers . I was also with him earlier this morning , and I can tell you these things published here provide very good source of entertainment to the distinguished Senator . What surprises me is that these people fabricate these stories and go ahead to have multiple orgasms over them probably with the belief that they have conned some gullible people . For the umpteenth time , there ’ s nothing like EFCC invitation to Senator Akpabio . ”
My take is this : even if in the end analysis EFCC does invite Senator Akpabio , who says , he is afraid of them
or that he will flee to the mountains on account of that? Folks , someone should help ask these people :
WHAT EXACTLY IS AKPABIO ’ St OFFENCE? Is it the uncommon passion, commitment and patriotism he demonstrated in the discharge of his duties as governor ? Is it the unprecedented turnaround of the state social and economic infrastructure he
orchestrated in the state over the last eight years ? Is it the rocket – speed with which he placed Akwa Ibom State on the world map as a choice destination in the Gulf of Guinea ? Could it be for the mere fact that, he transformed Akwa Ibom State into the largest construction site in Nigeria , if not Africa in the recent Past ? When the Hate army shout their voice hoarse demanding that Akpabio be crucified , they continue to refer to an alleged statement that, what Akpabio ’ s government spent delivering the world acclaimed Uncommon Transformation is quite negligible, compared to the revenue that accrued to the state , I ave a good laugh rather than feel like throwing up Forget that, then Finance Minister , Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, to who that statement was credited has since denied it . I shudder and ask , when will these people decorate Senator Akpabio with deserving accolades for spectacular feats enumerated, as we all acknowledge, by his erstwhile chief Press Secretary, Pastor Anietie Ukpe such as, the Free and compulsory education, free healthcare for babies , pregnant women and the aged . Ibom International Airport . IbomPower Plant, Ibom E – Library . Construction of thousands of kilometres of roads . Ibom Specialist Hospital Construction of over 4,500 inter- ministerial direct labour projects Construction of Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre with a 250- room 15 – storey hotel complex . Construction of the 14 – storey Sheraton Hotel . Construction of thousands of other projects too numerous to be mentioned ”?
I AM CONVINCED , AKPABIO ’ S BIGGEST OFFENCE IS THAT, THE WHOLEHEARTEDLY BACKED MR RIGHT, HIS EXCELLENCY, UDOM GABRIEL EMMANUEL TO SUCCEED HIM , AS A CROWNING OF HIS ROBUST ADVOCACY OF POWER SHIFT TO EKET SENATORIAL DISTRICT FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE. THAT IS HIS ORIGINAL SIN , AND IF HIS OPPONENTS HAVE THEIR WAY , THEY WOULD HAVE HIM BEHEADED FOR IT UNFORTUNATELY , EFCC IS NOT THERE TO DO THE BIDDING OF MINISTRELS OF HATE.
Well ! If that is a sin, Akpabio , I can safely argue , will elect to remain a sinner without penitence . Moving forward on conviction , Akpabio saw in Udom Emmanuel , the best , person with the dream profile to lead Akwa Ibom state after him and cued behind him (Udom ). Methink, it is high time they leave Akpabio alone . This bitterness in chasing Senator Akpabio about is entering the final phase of its anti climax and we would sooner than later resort to scoffing at those who won ’ t let him be. If they feel , Akpabio will cease to fly because of the venom they spew , I have news for them , Akpabio that we know is made of sterner stuff and is a man blessed by God . Hope they know what that means ? Who God has blessed, no man can undo. They should come to terms with that hard fact.
I am not saying that Akpabio is a saint , but he is by no means the chief of sinners . If Akpabio were to be from the West or South East , I have no doubt , he would be revered as a living legend .
I summon some telepathic call to mind , and figure out Senator Akpabio ’ s defiant stand- off with his detractors which is the words of King David , recorded in Psalm 11 : 1 , which reads, “ I ( Godswill Akpabio ) take refuge in the LORD . So how can you say to me , “ Flee like a bird to the mountains . ”? So to the petition writers who are waiting to see Akpabio fall or flee , I have this to say You are waiting for God to Merely
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