Ardent supporter shares optimism on OBA’s chances of clinging Akwa Ibom guber ticket

The unfolding events in Akwa Ibom in the past two months are further proof of why the Senator representing the Uyo Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Obong Bassey Albert Akpan (OBA), repeatedly assures the Akwa Ibom people that he is still in the governorship race.

“No cause for alarm. My name will be on the ballot”. Those are the succinct but assuring words of conviction by the frontline contender in the Akwa Ibom 2023 governorship race in a recent interview.

The unruffled senator insists that there was no reason for fear or panic because he is merely a messenger on a divine mission. Every voyage of this nature of human history has faced the same tides, but it normally gets to the shore of its destination.

OBA’s firm assurances is infectious calling for a calm and discreet disposition even in the face of threats and shenanigans by State actors.

But the tension in the other camp is obvious. The signals are ominous and cannot be mistaken. There is commotion in royal quarters and in the camps of those who partook in the palace conspiracy.

Ironically, they are the same people who use their hands to bury the landmines along the way and set up the booby-traps they are now struggling with minimal success to disentangle themselves.

Caught in the cascading waves of reality, the drummer boys have lost their verve, the gullible singers their voices, and sycophants are now weighing options. They are restless on a wild goose chase, trying some tricks to gain a possible safety net.

In their delusion, they mistook treachery for smartness. The landmines they buried are doomed to detonate in their faces. No bargain can save the situation. This is the nemesis commensurate with cutting corners.

In her bestseller 1818 novel, “Frankenstein” (Letter Two, Volume One), Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, an English novelist, creatively shows the innate power in humans to conceive ideas; to create novelties that can thrill, but not without consequences.

The novel thematically highlights the inherent dangers and the possibility of a creation destroying its creator, if the intent isn’t pure. That seems to be the prevalent story in the political domain of the State.

But can a house built on a sand dune and divided against itself stand? How can you shift the goal post in the middle of the game! Indeed, “things are falling apart, and the centre cannot hold; nor can the falcon hear the falconer”.

I first came across the word, “albatross” in my days as a literature student in SS1. That was in the poem, “The Rime of Ancient Mariner”, by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. I only saw the albatross then as a typical or peculiar bird in the poem.

However, in my course of advanced studies, I began to understand and appreciate the intriguing metaphor in this vagabond seabird: Something that causes persistent concern or anxiety from which one might not be able to escape, or a burden that feels like a curse.

What has played out already, or is still unfolding in the build-up to the 2023 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State clearly shows the “Frankenstein” and “albatross” some persons must have to carry on their shoulders for trying to topple the apple cart, against the collective wish of the majority enshrined in democracy.

Whoever, because of the initial or subsisting storms, may have doubted Sen. OBA’s dream can now draw hope from the unfolding comedy of errors in the open theatre of absurdity by those who must have thought or forgotten that “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going”, to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Indeed, OBA’s destined emergence as the next governor of Akwa Ibom State is a dream that is as good as fulfilled just bidding time to run its full course.





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