Call Udom Emmanuel to order, Akwa Ibom APC urges SGF
The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha to call Akwa Ibom State Governor to order and warn him against using names of Federal Government officials in political campaigns. In a strongly worded letter signed by the State Secretary Dr. Effiong Etok to the SGF, the party stated that Deacon Udom Emmanuel is a name dropper who is fond of seeking validation and endorsement from APC stalwarts who work for the Federal Government. The letter specifically mentioned an instance in which Deacon Emmanuel, together with seven other State Governors, received an award from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) last week only for the Akwa Ibom governor to turn around and claim that the award was given to him by the SGF.
The letter reads: ‘The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel was among a few other state chief executives so honoured that evening, and your good-self presented the plaque to him on behalf of the NTA. The governors of Nassarawa, Kano, Imo and Plateau also received similar award from you on behalf of the NTA. Other public service officials like the Acting Chairman of the EFCC was equally honoured.
‘Of all the governors who received the awards that night, it’s only Udom Emmanuel that has turned it into an embarrassing specimen for political advertising and self-glorification. This is typical of a man notorious for his pettiness, egomania, arrogance and over bloated sense of self-worth. We understand that the NTA chose Udom Emmanuel for this award because he has constructed roads and paid salaries. We are appalled that the Board and Management of NTA would consider these as outstanding achievements for a governor whose state earns over N15 billion every month from FAAC, IGR and other sources. For us, payment of salary and repairing of roads are too basic and routine for an award that requires the SGF to present. The NTA may therefore have to be a lot more careful, painstaking and thorough in giving out such awards in future (assuming its mandates include giving awards to politicians). Similarly, we call on other federal government officials and agencies to be more circumspect in dealing with the likes of Deacon Udom Emmanuel who never misses the opportunity to make partisan political capital out of everything, especially if it seems capable of putting the APC Federal Government in bad light or advancing his chances for re-election at our party’s expense.
The letter further states thus; ‘SGF Sir, we believed that this was a non-partisan and well-intentioned gesture from the Board and Management of NTA to encourage government officials in the work they are doing. We did not give much more thought to this until yesterday when the governor of AkwaIbom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, turned this award into a political campaign material.’
The party also mentioned another instance in which the government of Akwa Ibom State placed an advertisement in a publication authored by Senator Femi Ojodu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, only for the governor to turn around and boast that the publication was an endorsement of his phantom achievements by the Buhari Administration. ‘We should also note that the governor has been celebrating and boasting about the publication by Senator Ojodu at every public event as if the author is a Certified Assessor of Governors. We haven’t seen this publication, anyway, but we just do not know how informed Senator Ojodu is about what Udom Emmanuel has been doing in Akwa Ibom State with the over N700 billion his administration has earned so far’, the APC further stated in the letter.
In conclusion, the party warns that Udom Emmanuel will most likely use photographs of the SGF at the Award event on billboards, newspapers and other publications for advertisement, claiming that the SGF had endorsed his so-called achievements and therefore re-election.
Knowing that Deacon Emmanuel does not miss any chance to be opportunistic, Akwa Ibom APC urges the SGF to call him to order so that he ceases from embarrassing the Federal Government henceforth.
Edet Eyo Bassey (Esq.)
State Publicity Secretary
APC, Akwa Ibom Chapter
Dated 19th Day of February 2018