It is always expected that if a member of a party, especially at the level of House of Representatives membership, defects to another political party, ripples do erupt from the party he left and in his new party. The defection of Hon. Emmanuel Ukoette is one defection that has not seen any reaction from any quarter in Akwa Ibom State.
The question is, why is there no excitement in APC over the arrival of Ukoette, and why has PDP not blinked since the news of this latest turncoat filtered in on Monday evening?
Emmanuel Ukoette added no value to PDP as a federal lawmaker, and rather was one of the few bad eggs that rubbed on the image of the party. The Reasons are not far-fetched:
• Emmanuel Ukoette has been a mere passenger in the green chambers of the national assembly, without a single record of sponsoring a bill or even moving a motion in almost six years.
• Ukoette has not attracted a single federal presence to any part of his constituency for all his years in the lower house.
• Without anything to show for his representation, this is one man who has never embarked on a constituency briefing throughout his sojourn in Abuja.
• As second term member of the House of Representatives, he is not deemed fit by his colleagues to head any committee, whether on ad-hoc or statutory basis.
• As Youth Caucus Chairman, and PDP Youth Leader during Obong Victor Attah’s administration, he greatly disunited the youths of the state adopting a divide and rule approach that almost distanced the youths from the then Governor
• Ukoette was rusticated from the University of Uyo after being found wanting in character and in learning. This resulted in his last gasp attempt at an OND certificate from an Uyo-based distant learning center, a programme he have abandoned midway in his usual nature.
• It is on record that Emmanuel Ukoette as Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Urban Taxi Network, AKUTAN, defrauded innocent members of the public of their hard earned currencies, handing out the vehicles to his cronies, thereby frustrating the efforts of Chief Godswill Akpabio in reformation in the urban transport sector of the state.
• Till date only a few people can recall that Emmanuel Ukoette was once a Special Assistant to the then Governor Akpabio on Environment Matters. Nothing stands to his credit as an effort he made to justify the huge taxpayers’ money used to fund that office.
• Worthy of mention is the poor state of his community, Ibianga-Ward IV of Oruk Anam where there has been no electric power supply for ages and the people live in total blackout from civilization and social activities.
• Can Ukoette point out one person from his constituency that has benefited from his years in the national assembly?
• Is this not the same Emmanuel Ukoette on whom the youths of Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal constituency only last month passed a vote of no confidence, in a widely published released titled, “Letter of Demand for Accountabilty”?
• The only record of achievement of this representative is his recent admission to commence a law first degree programme in the University.
Arising from these, is it not safe to say that the APC is more of a dumping ground for non-performing politicians who are unable to meet the yearnings and expectations of their people?
Courtesy of THE MANDATE EYES