By Egbara Emmanuel
It is understandable that whenever an election is won by somebody everyone will get into the fray and in such circumstances there would be mudslinging, unwarranted attacks and lies just to curry favour and to smear the image of party in charge.
This is today what is playing out in Cross river state by opponents and detractors of Cross river Government under the leadership of Gov. Ayade.
There is nothing to fight for rather the opposition has gone all out to discredit the government and Governor Ayade for cheap political gains.
But it must be understood that seeking power by all means is not a virtue but a sign of depravity and moral bankruptcy.
The legendary Martin Luther King Jnr. even warned his fellow comrades while they struggled for their legitimate right to self actualization in The United States, hear him: ‘‘But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.
Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force’’.
This is the least that is expected of those who must fight to gain any manner of victory, be it political or otherwise amongst civilized people anywhere.
But unfortunately in cross river state everybody want to be a Governor Ayade position is already fermenting media with venom even when his jobs are speaking for him.
This is an ominous sign that things may get very messy if they don’t call themselves to order in the face for greed for power.
Some of these aspirants have even gone into the fray of creating enemies for themselves instead working hard to promote peace and unity.
They have set up media teams just for the sake of attacking Governor AYADE. They use all sorts of strategies such as blackmail, name calling, lies and rumours for no just cause.
But Governor Ayade is not perturbed neither is he moved because he knows that it is the people who would deliver him when the time comes.
He has remained in touch with the people, listening to them and ensuring that their wishes and aspirations are taken care of.
And this is all that matters to the amiable, focused, principled and visionary Governor.
These political jobbers are only interested in their pocket and therefore throw caution and discretion to the wind in discharging their hatchet job. They should be called to order because Cross river state is bigger than any individual or group of persons.
Sometimes one reads with concern, materials they circulate on the social media like a recent one purportedly written by Odok
They make boastful and extremely inflaming comments that anyone who understand the burden of leadership and has love for the people would never dare to make.
The truth is that most of these ill hearted attackers should go for political self-development.
They should know that politics must not entail spewing lies against political opponents neither should it degenerate into invoking fire and brimstone against fellow citizens who share contrary views with theirs.
Cross river people are wise and discerning, there are many of them who know the truth and cannot therefore, be hoodwinked into following empty loud – mouthed political contractors.
These angry politicians should not take their personal weakness and moral failure into the political arena of Cross river, a state that prides herself as the Nation’s paradise.
All the allegations leveled against Governor Ayade are at best infantile and laughable. So far what is glaring is that the nauseating posture and utter lack of decorum by these individuals do not positively portray anyone with the ambition to run the affairs of Cross river State.
They ought to know that making controversial, unfounded, malice-ridden public commentaries against real and imagined political opponents is not a mark of brilliance but of mischief and bad manners. As the Igbo’s say “he who brings home ant-infested faggots should expect the visit of lizards”
One of them has even floated media outfits and is now in the habit of unleashing his editors on the Governor just to pull him down.
And in their desperation, they lack political education, finesse and have no sense of limit. These traits are a threat to the political future of Cross river State and the people must all rise up to make sure that these political misfits do not pollute the political air of Cross river State.
The truth is that Governor Ayade does not deserve this atrocious attack of Calumny.
Some of these emergency social media activists who live in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other cities are completely unaware of the sterling performance of Governor AYADE in Cross river state.
They should come home, because nobody drove them from their homes, and they ought to remember that they cannot write the story of Cross river State with their China made smart phones in distant lands as they try to destroy Cross river which could also be a producer of such phones if not for their perfidious and sabotaging attitude.
Great societies and nations are built by citizens who are patriotic, not grumblers and spoilers. Anyway, the good thing about all these is that Governor AYADE is calm, collected and focused on his job which is to make Cross river people continue to smile.
The Governor has refused to be distracted by the political charlatans and jobbers who see nothing good in a Governor that has brought much finesse and humanity to governance just because they are bent on pulling him down.
For instance, in recent times, the social media especially has been awash with stories portraying the Governor of Cross river state as a failure. But this smells of a well funded smear campaign launched with mercenaries and several social media attack dogs.
But if we must not be deceived we have to revisit the meaning of failure. Now, if a man who, in less than one year has turned cross river to an industrialize state is a failure then one must prefer to be a failure.
The strategy was borne out of the need to create the enabling environment for development, because he understood that the state did not have the expertise to do what was required. It is one with this testimonial that has attracted leading investors into Nigeria and Cross river state who has been adjudged a failure.
If this is a sign of failure then I better be one!