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The Scam Called APC: Why Senator Akpabio/Udoedehe Should Tame Their Wild Dogs

In this Press Release, the new political group in Akwa Ibom State, ‘Maintain Peace Movement’ speaks tough on the All Progressive Congress, APC.

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The APC and its co conspirators in Akwa Ibom have shown clearly how uncomfortable they are with the peace enjoyed in the state, a peace that has subdued all evil machinations of enemies of the state. A peace which the Maintain Peace Movement, seeks to sustain in the state.

Leonie Huddy, PhD, professor of political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has summed it up that the fear of political opponents can cause one to make deliberate mistakes, even make utterances that can be harmful, odious, false and derogatory. That is exactly what is happening to the APC and their agents.

Ironically, the APC in Akwa Ibom State is not only in tatters and irretrievably broken up into factions and camps but they are currently led by sworn enemies who would rather hang on the sword than reconcile for the party to survive. The recent ward congresses of the party ended in a fiasco. Two to three persons are currently laying claims to being the bonafide leader of the APC in Akwa Ibom State. The party is a laughing stock, incapable of holding a single meeting without bonfires and gunshots.

One would expect that such a pitiable situation should occupy the leaders of the party Senator John Akpanudoedehe and Senator Godswill Akpabio, and discourage them from sponsoring ragtag mongrels like one Iniobong John, to be spewing insults against the peace, developments, life touching projects that the PDP in Akwa Ibom exemplifies under the able leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel. The results are there for all to see from the air, land and sea, the infrastructure, the hospitals, the human capacity programmes, agricultural strides, even sports that never had a trophy now has many to showcase. PDP is maintaining the peace it has fought to institute and preserved by making life more meaningful for the people in the state despite the apparent cluelessness of the APC at the centre.

The opposite of good governance is the case in the APC, notably at the centre. It is a sad tale of failed promises since 2015, the APC government has made Nigeria a butt of jokes. All the promises made before 2015 are now useful materials for comedians to feast on. All promises have been cancelled. Nigerians are actually begging to be returned to the same state they were before 2015.

The Nigerian economy that has collapsed under APC. The security situation is detoriating . Terrorists or bandits as the APC rulers choose to call it, now stroll boldly everywhere, annexing parts of the country and mocking our resilient soldiers who have been left to their fate. Recently, the bandits defied the very institution that trains our soldiers, killing two of its officers and abducting a senior officer(a Major) at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Afaka, Kaduna State. How shameful that the army is forced to negotiate ransom with bandits for the return of its personel. That is a next level graduation, from the hitherto abductions of innocent school children from the secondary schools in the North West, North East and North Central to outright invasion of security formations.

Every day is a troubling day in a troubled nation, Nigeria. Nigerians are now numbed to killings, maimings,, kidnappings, and destruction of lives and property. Reports of massive killings and kidnappings no longer merit news mention on prominent pages of newspapers.

Failure of the APC government to address escalated insecurity challenges has crippled the agricultural sector and disorganised commercial activities leading to imminent food crisis with the cost of food and other necessities of life skyrocketing beyond the reach of Nigerians. Nigeria, under the APC administration, has now become the poverty capital of the world, ranking 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, with 22.95 food inflation rate and increasing morbidity and mortality rates.

The governance style and complete lack of experience in managing the country has been glaring. This APC and Buhari regime is better known for its vices including exclusionist tendencies, trade restrictions, nepotism in government appointments, disregard to rule law, relegation of constitutional order and principles of separation of powers; abuse of human rights, electoral malpractices, harassment of opposition and arrogant insensitivity to the sensibilities of the Nigerian people by the APC administration have occasioned instability, economic crisis and avoidable acrimony that are threatening our corporate existence as a country.

The cost of living is so high. Inflation is at an all time high, the APC government has ruined the nation. Infact a World Bank report in June 2021 says that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari will lose the economic gains it made in the last decade at the end of 2021. It said, “By the end of 2021, Nigeria’s GDP is likely to approach its 2010 level, thus reversing a full decade of economic growth,”

The debt profile , the exchange rate, the poverty index, the unemployment that’s the highest in the world, the disintegration in the country, the brain drains on a daily basis are some of the indices of failure. That is not all, the petroleum prices that have doubled, the subsidy payments has tripled while the products remain almost unaffordable.

As media advocates of the Maintain Peace Movement, the Maintain Peace Media Network, insists that the aforementioned rots that have bedeviled our nation are the issues that should concern either Senator Akpabio, Senator Udoedehe or whoever the party members finally agree as their leader, rather than pennies to Iniobong John for silly insults on a governor that has doled out peace to the people.

THAT SAME GOD who has stood with Akwa Ibom State to ensure that the state can have a peaceful electoral process without a single case of kidnapping, bloodletting, assassinations and bloodshed, shall continue to make sure the state remains safe and in safe hands.



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