He regards himself as the heir apparent to Government House throne; and lays claim to the diadem. A crown that isn’t his inheritance. He says there was a pact in 2015 to handover the leadership of Akwa Ibom State to him in 2023.
A claim countered with vehemence and roundly condemned by Akwa Ibom people. He has been asked to make public such document and signatories. Rather than present proofs, he’s running around in circles and making warring proclamations. His infamous ‘Who Born Dog’ phrase mirroring a character who glamourises violence.
Last year, the senator in a risky gaffe, admitted publicly to being a ‘cultist for Christ’. In His days on earth, Christ had disciples. When He was ascending to Heaven, his followers were commissioned as Apostles and instructed to make disciples of men.
Not to become cultists for Him. It was the reason Christ rebuked Peter when he sliced off an ear and healed back the injured ear immediately.
Bassey Albert wants five million Akwa Ibom people to abide by a political agreement that was signed by less than ten men, allegedly, to make him succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Yet, he’s kicking that a greater number of people converged to discuss the candidacy of another. His idea of power acquisition in a democracy is not by competence and capacity, but by entitlement.
Not even ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand felt so entitled to the Austrian-Hungary throne. Desperation must never drive ambition. Only fine ideals should.
Last week, Bassey Albert formally left the Peoples Democratic Party to YPP. Other than its colourful letters, there’s nothing exciting about his new party. Only noise. It throws up a high school event of many years ago. An inter-school friendly soccer game. The visiting team looked resplendent in their colourful jersey. They were well kitted, too. Their players jogged with so much swagger and noise during the warm up minutes and everyone thought they would walloped us. By the first 45 minutes, our team were five unreplied goals ahead. That’s the sort of babel that gives false confidence to OBA and his hither and thither followers.
In a letter announcing his resignation from PDP, Mr. Albert, scavenging for justification quoted Jean Anouilh that “The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it”.
He said nothing wrong there, yet he isn’t right on his current situation. Vacating the seat after parting ways with the party that provided him the springboard to prominence and fortune would be honourable.
He should walk the path of honour and resign. If he continues to sit in there to enjoy the epaulettes of the office, then his, is a case of selective perception on morality. He is yet to realize that he is in severe deficit of the credibility to pontificate.
In paragraph 2 of the same letter, he claimed he had served the party through the years without blemish. There, he lied.
Albert is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for alleged money laundering and being in possession of six vehicles worth #204 million, at the instance of one Olajide Omokore, whose companies allegedly executed contracts for the Akwa Ibom State Government when he was finance commissioner.
Genuine ambitions are not fueled by eerie obsession. They are driven by structural needs of the people and configurational patterns of society. An Albert governorship is an unsafe gamble for Akwa Ibom State.
A risky political expedition. It will mark another chapter of our slide from peace to pieces. No society should suffer such misfortune. Already, he’s become the object of decent people’s indignation.