Lessons To Learn From The Just Concluded PDP Ad Hoc Delegates Election 2022 | Emmanuel Usoro
As it has always been the tradition, a lot of PDP members across the different wards of Akwa Ibom State were disenfranchised in the PDP Ad Hoc Delegates Elections held on April 30, 2022.
It was an election to choose three ad hoc delegates who will vote alongside the statutory delegate for the next set of PDP flag bearers across the state in various positions.
As reported in the media, some of the party members left the scenes of the polling unit happy, some left bitter, and some protested through the media. Those who protested complained that the elections were not conducted in their various wards, but reports have it that people have been elected to represent them. That’s a miracle if you ask me.
Well, there is a popular saying that goes, “What goes around, comes around.” It is often understood as a metaphor for karma. Indeed, the injustice you supervise and support today will come knocking on your door tomorrow.
In the days of H.E. Sen. Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, such happenings were recorded, especially when he wanted to install a successor. Those who benefited from the process sang the praises of peaceful elections. They ignored those who were disenfranchised and acted as if all was well.
When H.E. Sen. Godswill Akpabio defected to the All Progressive Congress and contested for the Senate seat of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, He lost the election through the same unfortunate irregularities and rigging he once benefited from and supervised as well, when he was in the PDP. In fact, this was done to him by the same boys he taught “the way”.
Today, H. E. Governor Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, also wishes to install a successor through the same “culture and tradition” as has always been practiced. Those who once benefited from “culture and tradition” in the past, but are unfortunate to be in the wrong part of history today, are now complaining, and crying.
Excerpt from one of Dr. Etefia Ekanem’s Facebook posts, Dean, Students Affairs Division, University of Uyo, summed it up best:
Those who complained about not seeing materials at the venues, where you really expecting to see materials?” When you were Ete’s (Governor, Udom Emmanuel) men, did you allow others to see materials? The Ete’s (Governor Udom Emmanuel) men hoarding materials today would be the ones complaining tomorrow.
I pity those who are supporting this grave injustice meted on some PDP wards across the state today, because tomorrow is not far. We will all be here to see you complain when the supremacy of the party gives you a huge blow below your belt.
Usoro Emmanuel is a graduate of the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Uyo.
He has interest in Theatre, Copywriting, Leadership, Politics, Environment and a host of other fascinating fields. "Excellence at all times" is his slogan.
During his university days he participated actively in student's unionism were he served as a law maker. He has also written and published some articles on some published magazines.
He is a Professional Copywriter, Content Creator and Event compère. He is also a Columnist at Ray of Thoughts. He loves to listen to Hymns while he writes.