By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—A cross section of political stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State has flayed the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for using the state as one of the success stories of the party.
The stakeholders said the PDP was wrong in basing its general success on what they described as the shallow achievements of the Godswill Akpabio administration.
A former military governor of the state, Indongesit Nkanga, however, differed saying that the present administration has leapfrogged the state into an era of improved infrastructure as he charged critics of the state administration to be more patient and tolerant of the outgoing administration.
The national Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, had in a recent statement, referenced Akwa Ibom State as being among the leading states in the country in the provision of infrastructure and good governance.
Among those who spoke yesterday were the erstwhile deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Uwem Udoma, former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Ita Awak and the former State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the first term of Governor Akpabio, Victor Iyanam and erstwhile military administrator Group Captain Sam Ewang.
Speaking with Vanguard in Uyo, Udoma said it was not surprising that the PDP cited Akwa Ibom as part of its success story because it has been allegedly using the oil wealth meant to develop the state to finance the party while the citizens continued to suffer hunger and abject poverty.
He said, “When the party wants to use Akwa Ibom as a model did they come here and see that our people are hungry and starving? I am one of the stakeholders of PDP in Akwa Ibom and I can speak authoritatively for myself as well as thousands of Akwa Ibom people.”