By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Ahead of 2019 general election, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has advised detractors to beware of what they say in the public against his administration, warning agents of provocations irrespective of their status to take note.
Governor Emmanuel, who stated this at Ibom International Airport while returning to the state after an official engagement outside the state, however said the peace and security currently enjoyed in the state would not be compromised.
The Governor spoke on the heels of the news trending in the media, credited to the immediate past Governor and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Senator Akpabio had recently said that Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District was marginalised while uncompleted projects initiated by his administration had been abandoned by the Udom Emmanuel led-administration.
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Akpabio was quoted in his remarks at the end of year get-together organised for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders and Stakeholders in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District by the Deputy Governor Mr Moses Ekpo at Abak.
Governor Emmanuel observed that with 2019 general elections around the corner people are most likely bent on changing the narrative to score cheap political points and warned that his administration would not treat statements that are 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 noted that the country is 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.
The Governor, who expressed shock at what he termed an emerging political theory whereby excellence is sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity, said that there is 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,” he stated.
Mr. Emmanuel emphasized that he would not compromise the peace of the state with any individual or group and particularly warned people 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,” he affirmed.