DEFECTION: OKOBO POLITICAL STAKEHOLDERS MOCK PLANNED MEETING OF ELDERS’ FORUM TO ENDORSE GOVERNOR EMMANUEL By Bassey Edem

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Gov. Udom Emmanuel

Stakeholders of Peoples Democratic Party in Okobo Local Government Area have called on Chief Jerry Okpo, and his fair weather two political allies, not to create unnecessary tension and fan ember of disunity in the prevailing peaceful political atmosphere in Okobo, if they truly love the Government of Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
A prominent PDP Stakeholder in Okobo (names withheld)who made the Call today in Uyo, while interacting with newsmen in Uyo,regretted that despite sacrificial efforts made by the Deputy Speaker, Chairman of the local Government Council and a few of them to nurture and sustain the Party, few individuals who have access to the Government House, erroneously believe that they can assume political leadership of Okobo by Calling for Elders Meeting without due Consultations, simply because their palms have been greased for such Meeting.
“Let me use this medium to call on the Governor and the State Party Leadership to disregard any position or Communiqué that may emanate from the “Food is Ready political Meeting” to be hosted by Chief Jerry Okpo, a Self-styled Political Leader of Okobo, who has not been authorized to act in that capacity, but has been parading himself as Such.
Chief Jerry and his Co-travellers, the would be Conveners of the Meeting should rather fashion out better ways of Mobilising support for the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel, rather than taking undue advantage of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s defection to enrich their pockets and parade themselves as those in charge of Political Structures, whereas in their respective Wards, they have no concrete political Structures for the Governor. ” We cannot remain permanent in the political slavery of these self-centered politicians who are only interested in their immediate and personal gains, rather than the Collective gains. We will resist every attempt to cajole us into swallowing bare lies. We know those who mean well for Okobo People,therefore, nobody should deceive us.
We are calling on Chief Jerry Okpo and his team to shelve his hasty Meeting, consult properly, and allow major Stakeholders to decide the venue, date and time for such decision taking meeting in order to capture all shades of interests, and involve Chapter and Wards structures.

Loyal members of the party therefore wondered about how persons who do not know names of exco members even in their wards have arrogated duties to themselves and claim to be leaders of the party, trying curry favour from the governor by deception of this kind.

According to one of the persons aggrieved by this untoward development who also did not want his name in print, the right thing should have been for them to follow the right channel, which would have involved the Deputy Speaker, chairman of the local government, chapter chairman of the party as well as ward structures. Visibly bitter over the situation that is bound to cause serious rift, the source complained “the governor should be wary of attention-seeking politicians like these. If they claim to love the governor, they should open in their dealings by joining forces with existing party leadership. Of course the Governor knows the leader of the party in Okobo and cannot sideline her the way these political businessmen have”.
” We are also aware of plots by Chief Jerry Okpo and few of his Men to fight against the second term ambition of Princess Felicia Bassey who is favoured by the zoning arrangement in Okobo. They have approached some strategic Stakeholders in the State to allow them control the list of Adhoc Delegates, since they have no control of the existing political structure, claiming that the current Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and some influential Stakeholders in the State have promised to hand over Adhoc- Delegates List to them. Well, anybody that want to Mess himself up should patronize these political jobbers. But we will stoutly resist such an attempt.”, one of the aggrieved Stakeholders maintained.
Interestingly, critical stakeholders have sworn never to be part of any arrangements that do follow operational rules. They therefore described the planned meeting as inconsequential and of no importance and an exercise in futility. They further emphasized that if the three Politicians whose inconsistent activities in times like this, have collected money from anybody in the name of Mobilising Support for the Governor, the Governor should rather be frankly told that He has once again, empowered those who have lost their political relevance in their respective Wards.

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