Governor GodswillÂ Akpabio of Akwa Ibom StateÂ has enjoined elective leaders in a democratice dispensation to always endeavour to compensate those who help them into power.
He said this at the weekend, while taking a swipe at the past administration in the state for abandoning past chairmen of the PeoplesÂ Democratic Party (PDP) and their families, even in death.
To show leadership by example, the governor, who was speaking in Oron at the burial of a former chairman of the party,Â Chief Tony Emenyi,Â used the occasion toÂ endow an Education Fund worth N10 million in honour of the late Chief Joe Ating, pioneer chairman of PDP in the state.
Ating died about five years agoÂ but, according to reports, no government official attended his burial. The government also reportedly refused to sponsor his medical trip abroad, a similar fate suffered by EmenyiÂ before the assumption of office of Akpabio; hence the governorÂ expressed surprise at such insensitivity and wondered why the previous administration never took the welfare of the loyal party leaders as a priority.
While arguing that the invaluable contributions of the past party leaders needed to be appreciated, the governor then wondered why some people play politics with other peopleâ€™s misfortunes. He was obviously reacting to the rumour that a former governor, whom EmenyiÂ as PDP chairmanÂ worked to enthrone in office, was planning to cause problem at the venue of the burial.
He cautioned the people to ignore any threats by some aggrieved political leaders in the state to foment trouble during the burial, attributing that to botched attempts by the personsÂ to relaunch themselves into relevance; having failed in their respective political endeavours.
Mr. Secondus Uche, whoÂ representedÂ the national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, at the occasion recalled that, as PDP chairman in Rivers State during the tenure of Emenyi, they had to mobilise funds for the deceased to go for medical attention abroad when it was obvious that no help would come fromÂ Akwa Ibom State government.