By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP,
A wise altruistic elderly man would always advise a man who, instead of using his fist to fight in a duel, resorts to throwing sand, to honourably come out of the ring.
The reason is not far fetched. Any time a man starts throwing sand at his fellow combatant, he has simply dropped with fatigue. In such a situation, if his supporters are reasonable enough and also love him, the only option left for them is to quickly pull him out of the ring.
By the stuff the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State is made of, joining issues with a Party in rank of All Progressives Grand Alliance is quite belittling.
Naturally, PDP, as the Great Party it is, would not like to condescend to the abysmal level of APGA, especially when it’s altercation only stems from trivialities.
Yesterday, Thursday 22nd March, 2018, two factions of APGA in the State issued two separate watery incoherent ridiculous releases.
In the release by the Alexander Otti’s faction, its factional Chairman; Rev Augustine Ehiemere, complained of his faction’s self-imagined fear and worry over what he naively claimed was ‘PVC Serial Number Collection’.
According to him, Abia Youths who had applied for employment with the State’s Unified Local Government Service Commission had been made to show evidence of being registered voters in their respective wards.
In the comical imagination of the fictionalized APGA, that requirement is tantamount to stealing of voters’ cards from prospective employers.
This is the unfortunate level of reasoning to which APGA has fallen.
Ofcourse, PDP would find it very disgusting and shameful finding itself on the same pedestal with this type of Party that does every thing from a defeatist point of view.
In order not to allow the Otti’s faction outsmart it in its engagements in aridity, the Udensi faction, through its Publicity Secretary; Madu C Chikwendu, came up with the most laughable release an organization that calls itself a political party can issue.
In the imagination of the crisis-torn faction, contracts by the PDP Government of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu that have led to much acclaimed and most appreciated infrastructural revolution in the State are illegal and unconstitutional.
Writing truly like a man who has never experienced the machinery of government in action, Chikwendu ignorantly delved into the cost of recovering Faulks road in Aba.
As the novice he chose to be, Chikwendu failed to acknowledge that cost of construction work differs from place to place, depending on certain geographical and environmental factors.
The engineering work on Faulks road at Aba, apart from the normal road work, centered more on deep constructive excavation and underground drainage construction. It is not an ordinary project.
Not done with self-ridicule, the factional Publicity Secretary strayed into another area that made his thinking completely derisive.
He ranted that his ‘Party’ may seek sanctions against the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State for not having a balanced view of issues.
PDP sympathizes with this factional leadership for being professionally uninformed.
In the first instance, Chikwendu does not know that BCA, like any other broadcasting outfit, has gone fully commercial.
If PDP pays for retainership with the BCA, the Party would automatically be entitled to use the air space it has paid for to disseminate information about itself and it’s activities.
If any faction of APGA does the same thing, the same opportunity would be availed to it.
After all, APGA has been using other stations in the State without PDP raising dust over that.
Before concluding this piece, APGA should realize, even if belatedly, that it has become like a church that the Holy Spirit has departed from.
In such a very unfortunate situation, no prayer said in such a church can exceed the roof of the church.
APGA in Abia State has continuously failed to look at itself from a retrospective point of view.
This was a Party that had eleven Members on the inauguration of the current Abia State House of Assembly.
Today, the Party has only three Members, which renders it quite an insignificant and irrelevant force in the House.
Out of the eight Members it lost, seven rejoined the PDP.
In 2015, APGA paraded political timbers and calibers such as Chiefs Tony Ukasanya, Demian Ozurumba, Ebere Nwachukwu, Ochiagha Regan Ufomba, Prince Enyinnaya Ubani, Sylvanus Nwaji, Endy Enyioko, Sunny Okor (Prize Mates Academy), Dr Emmanuel Ibegbulem, Chief(Mrs) Chioma Duruoha, His Royal Chief Johnny Ukpabia, Chief Uche Enyioko and many others.
These political juggernauts have since abandoned the APGA boat that is fast and dangerously sinking and returned to their former Party, PDP.
So, what does APGA think it can achieve in 2019, taking into consideration the enormous work Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has done in the State?
The earlier APGA, even if it can manage to be re-united from its present state of irreconcilable factionalization in the future, realizes that it can not build on nothing, the better it would be for her.
Finally, the PDP in Abia State, hereby, calls the bluff of APGA. If it thinks it has the capacity, it should not fail to go to court. Failure to take PDP to court would be an indelible shame on its leadership.
A word is enough for the wise!
State Publicity Secretary.