Controversial Bills: Plots To Truncate Udom’s 2nd Term Bid
Indications have emerged that despite the efforts of Governor Udom Emmanuel to manage the recession troubles and still keep the State afloat by at least paying workers salaries every month since he came into office, he seems not to be appreciated by retrogressive elements who are bent on truncating his second term bid come 2019.
A source has told this Paper that the whole of the drumming, orchestrated by some members of the 6th Assembly of Akwa Ibom State in the name of anti-people bills are subtly targeted at upstaging the sitting Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel come 2019.
Fingers are pointed at some powerful northern elements of jihadist Muslim extraction who have spinned many plots towards the islamization of the country. Many strategies have been identified to be associated with this plot. From multiple procreation by Muslims infiltrating the south, impregnating girls and women from the east and south-south, nomadic Fulani herdsmen’s attack and killings of southerners, riots in the north, raids, attacks and bombings, maiming and killing of tens of thousands of people across many parts of the country etc.
These efforts appear not yielding fast their expectations, hence our source said they had long resorted to the National Grazing Bill which suffered some set back at the National Assembly. The northern elements are believed to have wired money from all over the countries of the world they have control of and other rich northerners in the country as well as APC chieftains in the north who are bent on taking over the oil rich Akwa Ibom State from the PDP come 2019, through a subterfuge method of sponsoring some gullible Akwa Ibom State Legislators to start trouble which the ordinary man may not be smart to notice.
The events that have unfolded in the state for the last two weeks have been of great concern to many observers and the media community. The Real Property Charge Bill and the Grazing Bill sponsored by Hon Dr Usoro Akpanusoh and Rt Hon. Nse Ntuen have caused the Akwa Ibom elitist class a lot of worry for more than two weeks now, this Paper can report. Many positions have been bandied as good reasons for sponsoring the bills in question, as Mr Akpanusoh argued on Inspiration FM 109.5 during a live interview programme, recently. He stated that the purpose of proposing a Grazing bill was to take care of now and the future because of problems brewing up as a result of hitches caused by herdsmen all over the country.
He also argued in favour of the grazing bill that since businesses of Nigerians could be brought and established in Akwa Ibom which he claimed was fast becoming a destination for all Nigerians, it was proper to have a grazing bill that would regulate the business behaviour of such visiting businessmen to Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Akpanusoh, some analysts claimed, may not have been wrong in his arguments, but said he was myopic as regards the bigger picture of the plot by the northern elements who are allegedly bent on having over riding northern cum APC influence in Akwa Ibom State.
They also argue that Mr Akpanusoh may not have known that the said northern elements were plotting to use the tactics to religiously and politically, in a few years, upstage Governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP in 2019. Some of those sticking out their necks in defense of the said bills have been promised return tickets to the Assembly even though in some State Constituencies, such alleged return tickets would scuttle already established zoning arrangements of such areas, the source said.
The analysts have argued that those inching for the Real Property Charge Bill are allegedly expecting fat returns on the tax elements when it (the bill) sails through and is in force.
A powerful source from the State Assembly leaked to this Paper that part of the plot of those legislators representing the northern elements in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly was the testing of the waters on alleged attempt to upstage the Speaker of the Assembly to pave way for the said obnoxious bills to have their way, as the Speaker has been spotted as being very protective of the governor and PDP.
The source revealed that the legislators in question would finally massively move to APC after 2019 elections if the plot succeeds, and kill and bury PDP in Akwa Ibom State.
The source alleged that powerful APC stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State are involved in the plot as linkmen for the powerful northern elements ganging up to upstage Udom in 2019.
Meanwhile, in a vox pop conducted in some urban settlements in the three Senatorial Districts of the state, the widely held opinion is that it is a big risk to legally grant a grazing area in any local government in Akwa Ibom State for cattle grazing as such will be a domain for the herdsmen to camp, consolidate and start annexing their territory within Akwa Ibom State via night attacks as typical of them.
They further argued that Islamic proponents have always presented a peace agenda in the day and in the night the jihadists will over run communities and kill the owners of the land. They make reference to the case in Enugu(Aguta) last year and several other places in the South as well as Itiam in Uyo local government area in which some spare parts nomads injured indigenes in the night.
They have stoutly called on Akwa Ibom public to reject the Grazing Bill no matter how it is decorated as it was a decoy to subvert the state craft, manipulate the system and meander its way into final enslavement of the indigenes of the state.
This Paper can authoritatively report that many NGOs, the media, groups and individuals who have risen in condemnation of these obnoxious bills have called on the Speaker of the state Assembly Rt. Hon. Onofiok Akpan Luke to cause the withdrawal of such anti people bills. They have wondered why bills to create employment and food sufficiency have not been the concern of the sponsors of such anti-people bills. They have advised the sitting state governor to shine his eyes and watch his back as a stitch in time saves nine.
This Paper is still watching the unfolding drama as the plot against Udom and the PDP thickens by the months.