I am sure we all remember that video where Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom loudly announced (to cheers) that he ‘single handedly’ put a certain senator in the National Assembly? (Don’t worry, I will re-post the video to refresh our memories). Well that speech has come back to bite the dear senator in the a… sorry, neck. Apparently miffed by the governor’s thwarting of what should have been a democratic process, the Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network has commenced the recall process on the poor distinguished. Heheheh! I wish we could all be so pro active. See when I was growing up my parents always told me, ‘never take what is not yours because it always finds its way back to its original owner!’ Ayuwa (as Chief Zebrudaya would say), back to square one for Mr. Senator! Pele o!
The Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network (AIDN) was invited and its representatives participated in the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Stakeholders Conference held at Ikot Ekpene Council Hall, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State. Goal of the conference was to discuss developing issues between Senator Aloysius Etok and Governor Godswill
Following presentations from various stakeholders, a motion was moved and adopted, declaring a vote of no confidence on Senator Aloysius Etok.
Additionally, a provision to commence a recall process against Senator Aloysius Etok was adopted, calling on him to retract his statements (and allegations) made against leaders and elders of the Senatorial District and publicly apologize to Gov. Godswill Akpabio, CON on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Representing the AIDN were Barr. Uduak Ukpeh (Secretary General) and Engr. Monday Umoh (member and officer).
The AIDN presentation at the Stakeholders’ Conference was as follows:
Monday, April 29, 2013 PRESS RELEASE: AIDN SUPPORTS THE RECALL OF SENATOR ALOYSIUS ETOK (PDP, AKWA IBOM NORTH)
1. AIDN, through its political arm called the Diaspora Political Action Committee, is committed to helping develop sustainable democratic institutions in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria. We can only do that according to provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and other relevant laws in the land, by supporting deserving political leaders and aspirants and by respecting the rights and good wishes of Akwa Ibom people.
2. The AIDN Political Action Committee will support and promote public officers who are accountable, aspiring public officers who are visionaries and have capacities for servant leadership, and politicians who are not only strong on issues germane to sustainable development but contribute towards a civilized democratic culture in Akwa Ibom State.
3. We observe that Senator Aloysius Etok is neither accountable to his constituents nor strong on issues necessary for the sustenance of a strong democratic culture in Akwa Ibom State. These are two reasons to justify the clamor for his recall; the clamor is legitimate, overwhelming and weighty voice of his constituents. Therefore, AIDN supports the peoples’ call to recall Senator Aloysius Etok if he fails to change ways and become more sensitive to the political aspirations of the people he represents.
4. We recall that the same campaign style of spurious allegations was employed by some persons in the political opposition against Gov. Godswill Akpabio during the 2011 election season. It became an overkill that morphed into a highly dangerous and most violent campaign season in the history of Akwa Ibom State. All stakeholders must, therefore, arise on time to prevent the repetition of a dangerous campaign method in the Akwa Ibom polity. For this third reason, the call to recall Senator Aloysius Etok is not only justified, it will go a long way to preserving and strengthening democracy in our land.
5. We are saddened by the unnecessary, embarrassing and distracting campaign of calumny currently engaged by Senator Aloysius Etok against Gov. Godswill Akpabio, CON. Even more virulent is Senator Etok’s recent allegation that a hit squad organized by Gov. Godswill Akpabio is planning for his assassination. We do not believe Senator Aloysius Etok, noting that his baseless and reckless allegations constitute an attempt to blackmail Gov. Godswill Akpabio and frustrate healthy competition for the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial seat.
6. We call on Senator Aloysius Etok to end the dirty campaign laden with spurious allegations, which is getting more ridiculous by the day and is incapable of adding any political value to the people of Akwa Ibom State. Furthermore, we encourage Senator Aloysius Etok to concentrate on providing more democratic dividends particularly due his constituents and for the good people of Akwa Ibom State in general. Let the record of Senator Aloysius Etok’s legislative work become the yardstick with which to qualify or disqualify him from re-election.
7. Chief (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio has a constitutional right to aspire and contest for the Akwa Ibom North (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial seat in 2015. Bolstering that constitutional right are his rising profile as an outstanding statesman and his record of iconic leadership in Akwa Ibom State, which record the AIDN unequivocally identifies with. While we encourage both Chief Godswill Akpabio and Senator Aloysius Etok to aspire and contest for the Senatorial seat in 2015, we understand and hold sacrosanct the right of registered voters in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to decide who will be their representative in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
8. Gone must be the days of god-fathering just anybody into high political offices because, in most cases, collective interests of the grassroots are sacrificed for parochial and undemocratic interests of a few. Given the rising profile of Akwa Ibom State as a model for socioeconomic and political development, we cannot afford anything less than a secure level playing field for all aspirants and candidates according to provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and through best democratic practices.
9. Akwa Ibom citizens in the Diaspora are determined to become key stakeholders in the political, social and other economies of Akwa Ibom State. More than ever, we will contribute our quota by way of sharing positive experiences and knowledge gained from advanced democratic civilizations across the world. Also, we will join with other stakeholders to elevate general awareness levels and prevent election violence by all means.
Thank you! God bless Akwa Ibom State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
Signed on behalf of AIDN.
Barr. Uduak Ukpeh, Secretary General
Clement Ikpatt, President
Story culled from http://elombah.com