As reactions trail the recent endorsement of a successor by the Akwa – Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Ogbonba Nwuke, has explained that every leader seeks to groom a successor who will sustain his legacies.
Responding to questions from Notable Outcome on Monday in Port Harcourt, Hon. Nwuke, who represented Etche and Omuma Federal Constituency between 2001 and 2015, however said that the development at Akwa- Ibom state “might just be a matter of style of the governor and to some extent, a matter of zoning and the question of who the cap should fit.
“Recall that Governor Udom Emmanuel who was Secretary to Government was handpicked by Governor Godswill Akpabio as his successor. We are seeing history repeat itself in Akwa Ibom, given the step that the Governor has taken.
“Besides, there is the future direction of government to worry about, the new deep seaport and the new city that is being built, the agricultural investments, the small scale industries and the flourishing airline business to think of as the present administration prepares to take a bow.
“In other words, we are talking about continuity here. This may be the reason Udom is sticking out his neck by choosing someone. We cannot however ignore the fact that every leader seeks to groom a successor. Some say a leader fails when he is unable to produce a successor.
Others think that after serving his term, he should let things be.
“Udom’s choice would be put to test through the ballot box when the time comes. The arguments that are flowing back and forth are to be expected. There are interests and interests are at the centre of all politics. Nobody dreams of ceding power to an opponent or an enemy. That doesn’t happen.
What will happen, what will succeed, is only known to God.
“Every State has its own peculiarities. Those forces which shape the nature of their politics would determine what will play out. Udom has put a big responsibility on his shoulders. Henceforth, he may not be able to sleep peacefully like Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who is vowing he would not be involved in the succession game”, the former commissioner in Rivers State and founder of Port Harcourt Telegraph concluded.