Supreme Court Judgement: Gov Emmanuel Beckons On Umana
By Emmanuel Nicholas
The Supreme Court Judgment has brought an end to the era of nasty political gimmicks, blackmail, senseless accusations and brutish journalistic misinformation in order to build unmerited political fame.
Long ago the people had spoken through their votes in the April 11th election and had strongly identified who their next leader would be. The people obligated their mandates into the hands of Governor Udom Emmanuel for posterity and heirloom to enjoy the sustenance of development in Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is a man with an archetypal political will-power to run an all-inclusive government without any iota of tribal cleavage or the harbouring of any grudges against people of opposing views. He does not threaten to victimise anyone from any political persuasion.
He is one leader who is not a Christian by title or by mere public confession and acceptance of faith, but he is a Christian in deed and eccentrics of Christ-like virtues. Deacon Udom Emmanuel is a leader who will love to work with all his brothers and sisters who had all aspired alongside him to govern the State. He sees Obong Umana Okon Umana as his elder brother, who can advise him positively to the uplift of the people of Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is a leader who does not consider politics as a platform to exercise the winner-takes-it-all spirit or a yardstick to be vindictive against his opponents; what people will tag political enemies. He is a man who believes that it is only through teamwork that a true leader can succeed.
It is therefore irrelevant to pass him for a man who is coming to execute a particular ethnic agenda or to insinuate that he will be against any Political Party. He will not prosecute his opponents to silence or oppress them, and, by so doing, force them into political asylum.
In terms of development, Governor Udom Emmanuel is not coming to concentrate development in one part of the State. He is poised to balance development across the State by not allowing some sections to be so underdeveloped while others are advancing.
Udom also understands that equality and equity are not only by rotation of governance but by developmental projects.
With all these, our governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel understands that Uyo, as the State capital must be well developed, for the house of a great man is known by the quality of his door. More so, it is global practice that the capitals of any Country, State or province receives more attention in terms of development than any other area for it anchors the economy of that given State or country.
Udom is not such a leader who will want to use law enforcement agents to destroy the opponent; he is fresh and does not believe in such cruel political projections. Instead, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is planning on how to make them team members in the development of Akwa Ibom State.
He also believes that in every opposing view, there are positive attributes that could add up to the substance of development, peace and success of the State as a common entity, as long as it is constructive and not destructive.
This is why he issues, at all events, strict caution to all his subordinates and supporters, to desist from running down the image of any of his opponents, as that will not add up to his success. His personal virtues are what most people mistake for being a coward. Reasonable leadership is not a show of arrogance but humility garnished with the fear of God.
A leader must be exemplary in all his or her conducts. Service to humanity should not be seen as an ambit of warfare against one’s foes but should be seen as a sphere to build broken bridges and strengthen the economy through peaceful co-existence with all parties.
That is why Governor Udom Emmanuel, in his Supreme Court victory broadcast, is calling on Obong Umana Okon Umana to come, join and build Akwa Ibom State.
Udom is a modern day leader whose interest to lead the State is not bonded with deleterious intentions to manipulate and mastermind the destruction of others as advocated by some politicians who go about blackmailing him to the public as a man with such tendencies.
They have said he is a seed planted to paralyse the political and economic potentials of the Ibibios of Uyo Senatorial District. I also read with dismay the opinion of one columnist that Udom doesn’t possess the qualities of a transformative leader. It is laughable and ridiculous. A man without leadership qualities cannot rise from being a mere staff to becoming an Executive Director in a bank that he is not a Financial partner in.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State builds his character around the Scriptures in Romans 12: 9 -10; “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honour”.
There is no gain saying about his preference towards the regrouping of his brothers and sisters who aspired with him to govern as his team members in the Akwa Ibom project. This is a true spirit of love and respect for others that abides within him.
Governor Udom Emmanuel knows it is time to promote healthy competition in politicking. Competition is an elemental fact of life. In nature, it is the driving force of evolution by natural selection. In society, it is equally powerful and inescapable. Within every nation of every culture and political system, there is competition for basic needs like food, shelter and sexual mates as well as competition for distinctively human benefits such as honour, friendship, and power.
Among nations (and among tribes before there were nations), there has always been competition for dominion and security.
Competition is ubiquitous because the condition that gives rise to it is equally ubiquitous: the scarcity of resources relative to the needs and desires of living beings. But as the process of biological evolution suggests, competition is more than a result of scarcity–it is also a means of successfully adapting to that condition.
In society, competition is largely peaceful when properly structured by public laws and private norms. And its advantages go well beyond the “survival of the fittest” of natural selection. The most obvious advantage is discipline. Those working in rivalry with others tend to work longer and harder and to be more focused on production than on consumption–out of hope of gain, fear of failure, or sheer love of the politics. The zoning of the Governorship of Akwa Ibom state is a ‘norm’ that should infuse peace in the polity; ensure fairness , and justice. This should continue .
At the same time, competition promotes sociability, self-restraint, and service. It harnesses individual self-interest to the interests of others. But competition can also be unpopular for a simpler reason: It keeps us from getting what we want. Although competition is frequently associated with individualism and egoism, its primary advantages are collective rather than individual.
The act of trying to kill one another for the sake of politics should be in the past. Our leaders should refrain from sponsoring blackmail. We should all condemn the use of ethnicity as a template to win election. No leader before now has succeeded with it. If the likes of Chief Awolowo, a brilliant leader, with good principles and polices could fail with it, who then can succeed?
Politicians should learn from others’ woes and also emulate good techniques in the formation of their campaign strategies, so that they don’t end their competition building a haven of enemies and descending to the abyss of failed politicians.
Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang is a deep lover of inclusive governance and not the governance of exclusion. This is the reason why the entire Akwa Ibom people make him their anthem – they all voted for him both at the nomination and at the general elections.
Udom is a humble leader, who is out to correct the gaffes of our past leaders and initiate a modern leadership strata that is free of tribalism, hatred, segregation, oppression, Satanism – cult/occult orientations, witch-hunting, modern day slavery or winner-take-all attitude. Governor Udom is saying today: “my brother, Obong Umana Okon Umana ; come let’s build Akwa Ibom State. Teamwork makes it faster”.