By Itoro BASSEY
Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Ini Ememobong, has said that lack of preparation moved the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to issue a pull out notice ahead of the proposed November 11 local government election.
Mr Ememobong said this on Thursday while reacting to the APC’s withdraw notice issued by the party’s acting publicity secretary, Edet Bassey.
Edet Bassey had, in a press statement he issued on Thursday, said the decision of his party to withdraw was predicated on the lack of trust and confidence in the capacity of the Akwa Ibom State Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) to conduct a free, fair, and credible local government election.
But Mr Ememobong dismissed the APC’s position, describing it as mischief.
Ememobong said,”…the fact that the same party was at the fore of the clamour for local government elections but now that elections have been announced they want to pull out.
“They are complaining about the chairman and members of AKISIEC? Has AKISIEC not declared an opposition party winner of a local government election in Ini local government area before? Or do they want an electoral commission that will just declare an election without a party winning?
“Truth is, whoever fails to prepare surely prepares to fail.
He urged the APC to “put their acts together and get ready for political action…”.
Ememobong had earlier queried why the APC would withdraw from an election it did not give intention to participate.
In a telephone conversion with propellerng.com on Thursday, the PDP spokesman said ” by all intents and purposes, has the APC ever been prepared for the local government election?
“They weren’t prepared for the governorship election which they shouted so much about, is it the local government election that they will be prepared?
“You cannot be crying foul and crying wolf at every opportunity. Whether they come for the election or not, they already know, by reason of empirical fact available to them, they already know what will befall them”.
Below is the full text of Mr Ememobong’s statement.
Lack of preparation will always manifest
I have seen an error filled press release signed by the Acting publicity secretary of the All Progressive Congress Akwa Ibom State chapter stating their no withdrawal from the local government elections scheduled for November 11. The truth which even their shabby press release shows is their lack of preparation. Can a party that cannot issue a clean copy of a press release prepare well for elections? Can a party that cannot differentiate between state working and state executive committee, prepare for an election?
Additionally, let us call to mind the fact that the same party was at the fore of the clamour for local government elections but now that elections have been announced they want to pull out. Isn’t this the highest level of mischief; in fact greater mischief had none like APC- Akwa Ibom. They are complaining about the chairman and members of AKISIEC? Has AKISIEC not declared an opposition party winner of a local government election in Ini local government area before? Or do they want an electoral commission that will just declare an election without a party winning?
Truth is, whoever fails to prepare surely prepares to fail. We are aware that the APC is trying to avoid the crisis due to erupt from their usually undemocratic nomination process like it happened in Lagos. That is not the best way to avoid it, brave it up and get it done.
Come to think of it how can you complain of a process that you do not have any concrete evidence to fault? In the circumstance, the APC ought to congratulate the PDP that went into the 2015 elections even when the umpire was manifestly unprepared. All the Commission has done was to give the statutory notice required by law. APC must understand that propaganda has never won any election. With their advertised numerical strength and the claim of the non-existence of the PDP, should they not be glad to undertake a walk over at the local government polls using that as a prelude to their much mouthed take over in 2019. Or are they afraid of the resurgence of the PDP especially with the recent victory in Osun state, even with a sitting APC governor? Well rationally thinking, their fears may be normal and understandable, but to hide that fear under another flimsy excuse is most deceitful and deserves condemnation.
We advise the party to put their acts together and get ready for political action, as we say in ibibio ‘anie afia idighe kangha, anye aba ntom. Anie Afia ama adi, abi ba die?’.
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
Peoples Democratic Party
Akwa Ibom State