The Akwa Ibom state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has implored the outgoing senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial district, Chief Godswill Akpabio, to imbibe the attributes of biblical King Nebuchadnezzar.
In a statement entitled: ‘The Lamentations of Godswill Akpabio: The Locus Classicus for Selective Amnesia’ signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Ini Ememobong, the party said it does not feel disappointed about the defeat of Akpabio at the just-concluded polls, adding that his ordeal was self-inflicted.
The party stated that the senator’s defeat did not only happen as a result of his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) but because he praised himself, claiming he would win elections within three hours.
The party further reiterated that the Akwa Ibom residents classified the senator ’s statement as a slap on their sensibilities and decided to respond through the ballot.
The statement read in part, “In all, while we understand the emotional trauma that has befallen outgoing Senator Akpabio, we cannot sympathize with him, because the situation is self-inflicted and can only be cured by deep introspection and self-purge, not self-pity, deceit and delusion.
“He should learn from the biblical character Nebuchadnezzar, who when he found himself where Akpabio has placed himself, humbled himself and sincerely sought the face of the Lord and turned from his past ways.”
Reacting to the senator’s statement in an interview, that he (Akpabio) ‘never played God’, the PDP publicity secretary said, “How can he say he didn’t play God, when he travelled all the way from his local government area and went to Nsit Ubium to declare that Onofiok Luke will not win elections and nothing can change it. Was that not playing God, or will he also deny that he said that?”
The publicity secretary said “We enjoin him to accept his dethronement as an act of God. Playing God isn’t just about words, it’s also about actions.”
“Finally, he should at least try to exercise the current Senatorial mandate till it expires; we do not see him at sittings of the Senate since he lost elections. He has by his actions robbed his constituents the right to be heard on the critical issues currently being discussed at Senate. Senator Akpabio should sincerely assess his performance as a Senator and determine whether he was deserving of a second term,” Ememobong averred. He added