APC’s Lonesome Lamentation Over Igini
By Kenneth Jude
In their usual warped and patently myopic thinking, APC social media urchins tagged their party’s organized but misguided protest against Akwa Ibom INEC boss on Monday a breaking news.
Nothing about the lame street walk by the APC hired loafers was breaking let alone being a news item for sane minds to pay attention to, given that their sinister plan to embark on the sponsored protest against Igini was already in public domain a day earlier.
Given the cash crunch that has hit their crumbling camp, especially its media unit, where bare knuckle betrayal and blackmail have become the order of the day, they have resorted to lamentations and ululations that have found its way to ears they dread.
And so news of their plan to embark on the hollow protest on Monday had leaked on Sunday. Information to this effect was circulated across various online and social media platforms to put the public in the know of plans by the APC to create crisis in the polity, stage a protest to the effect that Mr. Mike Igini be either removed or redeployed.
It is quite laughable that former Governor Akpabio while addressing the press shortly after the APC caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday alluded to the independence of INEC but pointed a finger at Igini, saying the man is compromised. Not a few people have taunted the Warsaw lord.
And one overfed chap spotting an obese tummy, who posed as their youth leader, reportedly gave Igini 48 hours to go during yesterday’s protest. Imagine the insolence.
Curiously, the APC want Igini out on spurious and baseless claim that the man is working for PDP, yet they have not been able to cite any instance the man acted in a manner that suggested he was partisan or working for any political party.
The only reason – though implausible the APC want Igini out is because the man says nobody will rig elections under his watch. This singular statement which came after the party boasted of concluding the polls in three hours has left them shocked, dazed and utterly disappointed.
Their thinking was that their “final obongowo” will use his overrated magic wand and more money to buy Igini. Having failed to lure the man with cash, the only resort has been for the party to cry foul like birds with broken beaks that the man is biased hence should go.
The call is not only baseless but demonic and smacks of satanic desperation by a party peopled by dealers whose sole intent is to take power using any means possible except through a free, fair and credible elections.
If you want Mr. Mike Igini to be redeployed, state the reasons for your wish. Go ahead to cite instances with relevant and verifiable proofs where he postured as a partisan umpire. Where you cannot do this, it’s clear as daylight that your party has seen defeat even before the first ballot is cast hence the only way to avenge the defeat is to start causing confusion and commotion all over the place rather than bear the defeat with some measure of equanimity.
Again, the protest of yesterday brought to the fore, the class of people in the APC. It’s no wonder that they called for the reinstatement of teachers shoved aside by Governor Emmanuel over their incompetence. So, when in one of their placards, they wrote Igini is WORING for PDP, they washed their putrid linens in public glare once again much to the shock of sane minds who have since become used to their endless comedies seasoned with spices of ignorance.
The APC had thought rigging will be full-scale on election day, but they have since discovered much to their chagrin that their plan has fallen flat like a pack of badly arranged cards. It has melted helplessly like ice cream beaten into submission in a scorching sun. It’s a party in disarray now. Their leaky, shaky roof has caved in under their nose. But they mustn’t go down with the long rusted roof. They must live and witness the defeat that is their birthright. It’s in situations like this that one of my mischievous friends will satirically say: “please accept my sympathy”!
Apart from going about town spreading lies with bold deceptive faces, holding rallies at night as though thieves, denigrating the traditional institution, refusing to sign peace pact but choosing to hoist guns, daggers and all with relish, the APC knows too well that they cannot defeat Governor Udom Emmanuel no matter the level of propaganda, falsehood and evil plots they concoct.
The party is structureless here. It’s an assemblage of disgruntled men – some expired, looking to reinvent their political life. Some know it can’t be done through a peaceful poll. It’s no wonder that the party has embraced violence as their credo. We saw it manifest when they held their governorship primaries. A mere internal process to choose a governorship candidate did not come and go without bloodshed.
Mike Igini, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, whom the APC wants out by all means, is a man with a reputation for honesty attested to by those that have come in contact with him. Anywhere he has served as INEC chief, he has left imprints of sturdy resistance to kickbacks, built a reputation of sincerity, honesty and stood his grounds against manipulation of elections in any form.
He is a no-nonsense chap who believes that nothing else but only the wishes of voters as expressed at polling centres should prevail. He has also insisted that results of all elections must be pasted at each polling unit so the people will know their fate right there. Does this directive which is the right thing to do show that Igini is working for a particular party?
While APC continues to toe the path of shame and embarrassment, let me end this piece with a post from a Lagos based lawyer and renowned journalist, Richard Akinnola who took to his Facebook wall yesterday to vouch for the integrity of Mike Igini. He described the push for Igini’s removal or redeployment as the case may be, as sheer blackmail.
Said he: “Even in my sleep, I can vouch for the integrity of Mike Igini, the INEC REC for Akwa Ibom State. He can never be compromised by any politician. When you tried to compromise him and he rebuffed you, the next thing you arranged some people to carry placards that he must be removed. That is sheer blackmail.”
If an outsider can say this of Igini, what other proof does one need to condemn the evil scheme by members of the broom-wielding wheeler-dealers to oust a man whose integrity quotient, observers say, towers above that of President Buhari?
Let’s keep right for the sake of posterity.
Kenneth Jude is a public affairs analyst and writes from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State