Thursday, 27 December 2018

The day Senator Victor Ndoma Egba lied: By Dominic kidzu

A few days to Christmas I was searching radio channels looking for good music when I stumbled upon a promo announcing that the distinguished senator Victor Ndoma-Egba was coming on live, in a bit. So I tarried.

It was not a long wait because the erudite senator's voice soon carried across the airwaves in the same manner that it dominated the Senate of the Federal Republic for all of 12 years. This time however, the Senator, like the poet in an ancient ballad, lied. 

Effusively struggling to launder his own self image and electoral value the distinguished senator shattered the airwaves with a claim that has turned out to be a fat lie. His words " 90%of all the roads being built and being repaired  in Cross River State are being done by the NDDC, which I chair or the Ministry of Niger Delta". Implying that the state government was responsible for just 10% of all roads projects going on in the state. Thumb - chesting with a lot of pomp and circumstance, the senator dared anybody to contravene his assertions. Yet nothing can be further from the truth, upon close examination of these wanton claims.

Since that faux pas, the senator's name has been good currency in circles of informal conversation about how the high and mighty can also lower their own standards in the search for electoral advantage and victory. I must thank Hit FM for their even - handedness in promptly allowing the Commissioner for Works in the state, Hon, (Engr) Dane Osim Asu  the opportunity to put the records straight via the same radio channel.

Osim - Asu, offered a broad canvas of achievements in the Infrastructure sub - sector to the listening public, putting the lie to the distinguished senator. A little rendition should find some space in this rebuttal, even if only for the further education of the distinguished senator himself. For unbeknownst to the senator, most roads in Calabar are wearing a new coat of nylon asphalt from median to terrace. The dualization of Tinapa to Odukpani junction road is well underway, the 28 kilometre Boki East -West road cutting through virgin forest and levelling rock mountains and hills is about 60% completed. The 2.5 kilometres Usung - Esuk road  in Odukpani is complete. So are the 2.5 kilometres road in Ikpakapit ,Yakurr, 5 kilometres Ovukwa road in Obubra. 

The dualization of the 148 kilometres Mfom - Okpoma - Okuku - Abochiche - Obudu - Ranch bottom hill is at an advanced state of completion. There is work on - going on the Abochiche - Gakem and Igoli - Okuku roads as well. Work is also progressing on Yahe - Wanakom road, bringing the total volume to about 400 kilometres of roads under construction by the government of Professor Ben Ayade right now.

If the rendition above only amounts to 10%, then the NDDC and the Niger Delta ministry who the distinguished senator claim are handling 90% of roads projects in the state are working  on at least 3'600 kilometres of roads in Cross River state.

There are those who hold the view that the distinguished senator Ndoma - Egba is a learned gentleman and a man of measured puritanical political temper. But that was then. This is now. These are desperate times. And desperate times invite desperate measures. The distinguished senator we knew then, is the old one. This one is a new one. I am respectfully inviting the distinguished senator to step forward and show Cross Riverians where his fabled 3'600 kilometres of roads lie on the landmass of the state, less, the people conclude that the distinguished senator lied. Less, the king looses his crown. Less, the Oracle descends from its lofty heights. Less, the sage of times falls outside the magical circle of sanguinary sagacity. 

The distinguished senator enjoyed 12 unbroken years of representation in the Senate and verily discharged himself creditably. The good lord has been kind to him. He has had more than his fair hours under the sun and under the light. Now is the time to return just gratitude to the Almighty by saying thank you. When one stays too long in the lavatory, the green bottle fly will begin to play with his scotum.

Prof Sandy Onor will be going to the Senate in 2019. And he will win the election fair and square. It is as it should be. The Governor Ben Ayade Administration has done more in his first tenure than Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke even contemplated in their first tenures. Let's keep the main thing, the main thing. And pluck up the courage to call the truth by its name. The distinguished senator Victor Ndoma Egba can campaign on what he has been able to do. That is within his rights. He shall however not be allowed by the discerning public to construct lies with withering straws, because we shall burn down the lies and set the records straight.

We intend as a Party to wrap our campaign around credible and verifiable facts and figures, without embellishments, while furthering the most civilized and ethical behavior in the run up to the elections. 

Someone close to the distinguished senator told me that the Senator was out of the country when he granted the interview. That may well be the case, my advice however is that when he eventually returns from Dubai or Afghanistan, he should take a land trip around the state and see things for himself so that when next he grants a press interview, the chasm between his claims and reality shall have been reduced to a tolerable level.

Dominic Kidzu is the Chairman, Publicity and Media Committee of CRS - PDP  Campaign 2019.