No, we reject PDP at the next polls, we reject APC at the next polls, and we embrace SDP and Donald Duke based on his unmatched performance of putting down the highest Public Commonwealth Value of any administration in this country since Independence, while he was a PDP Governor between ’99-07.
We further embrace him for having, after that, resisting the ridiculous call to stay relevant and under govt perks as a Senator or Executive Office holder of the party, and further still for resigning from the Party in 09, refusing to join the GEJ Cabinet in 2011, refusing to join the Buhari Cabinet in 2015, and having the self respect to follow his own path, and the courage to do so now despite the zoning disease afflicting most Nigerians.
He was only governor for 8 years and his strategy was as impeccable as his execution was successful … in putting down far superior public commonwealth value, with public parks and spaces the Queen of England can eat in next to ordinary Crossriverians, impeccably refurbished and maintained public facilities, the vision to know that two Julius Berger macro drainage projects would not only last 500 years but would reduce the real-economic comparative implementation and maintenance costs of all physical planning related (roads, healthcare, pavements, agriculture, property, hospitality, etc) projects in the State to less than 10% of those of ALL other States, enabling his State with the 26th largest income (of N90b in 8-years) out of 36 States, to implement what still today remains the only Cable Car ride in the country, ( the longest single-chain version in the world when built by Julius Berger and Trevi Foundation), still the only two Water Parks in the country permitting ordinary Nigerians who can’t afford to travel the public value to enjoy an activity they only watch on TV at N1000 and N500 for kids for a day, still the only monorail in the country, the only resort of its kind in the country by adding 200 more cabins to the Obudu Ranch, the only proper festival in the country which once attracted N2.2b in corporate sponsorship of one edition, and which attracted 1.1m visitors one edition, and often gave local traders and retailers up to 7-months’ income in December alone, turned Calabar into a mecca of conferences a revolving door whereby one Bar Association Conference alone saw the NBA sit, for the first-time in its history, 18,000 delegates in single sittings at Emporium B in Tinapa, the only non-religious indoor venue in the country with 25,000 capacity , in a week in which an EU study estimated that the NBA delegates spent €12m in Calabar, built the only one of its kind Presidential Retreat a la Camp David for Presidential vacations and conferences on a plateau above the ranch plateau with a full-fledged Air Force Base next-door, implemented the most superior natural history and conservation projects bringing unprecedented tourism revenues to Afi Reserve, with the Cercopan Drill Sanctuary, with forest canopy, forest cabins, as well as the crucial 300 Sq km Reserve enacted to protect the 30m European Barn Swallow that migrate to the area every year to mate, and the largest variety of Butterflies species in any one place on Earth, which made us discover that the webbed, flying, monkey is not in fact extinct, the vision to ensure that as many graduates as could contested for places in LG Councillorship and Chairmanship races in ’99 which enabled us to witness smooth acceptance of and cooperation on rural projects such as the most successful rural electrification project to date, at 99% coverage, as well as be amazed at LG Conferences more civilised than NASS or even FEC meetings, the only place in Nigeria one can drink the tap water due to the impecably implemented World Bank projects by the CRS Water Board, the most advanced Ministry of Environment enacted and enforced laws against damaging fauna and noise pollution, the most advanced PWD enacted and enforced laws which ensured nobody can execute drainage, pavements, nor the ramp into private property, except PWD, resulting in standardisation and order, and physical planning that ensures all road, drain, street and traffic lights, green setbacks are completed before a 60-90 day moratorium before a single plot can be sold, (not achieved in one area in Lagos since ’99), the superb waste management system that enacted all organic waste down effluent drain due to superior drainage, and then the enactment of prohibition of organic waste within 100 yards of public food preparation and consumption areas which enabled us to eat in the open in broad day light without encountering flies, the most advanced enacted and enforced Office of the Public Defender and Citizens Advice Bureau in the Ministry of Justice ensuring the apprehension and prosecution of injustice against minors, wards, and the weak, the superb Marina Resort offering ordinary Calabarians the opportunity to embrace serenity, civility, and the culture of thinking and visioning, the revolutionary tactics of removing carpeting, fridges, and TVs from all offices through the enactment of the ’99 Budget of Maintenance, along with their colossal recurrent waste costs, and replacing with a culture of canteens and strict lunch hours even for Commissioners, the temerity to spend every night in Calabar in that first year visiting all projects in the dead of night without notice and calling the Commissioner and contractor to meet him there, sacking two Commissioners for lying at the previous EXCO and getting all else to sit up from then, the superlative vision to attempt to use all this superior public commonwealth value to create the Tinapa Business & Leisure Park, aimed at securing just 10-15% of Nigerian wholesale and retail trade imports from the Middle and Far East in a federal tax free zone which had already the signatures of Walmart, Marks & Spencer, J.C. Penney, and Macy’s, as well as scores of other not so well known names, with a couple already moved in to the complex completed by 2007, only for his successor administration, without any warning, from the very first day , to collaborate with Customs to raid the place and manhandle and evict and destroy staff, property and management on the pretext of an easy to resolve technical error in the use of forex critical to the agreement with the foreign traders and in a move clearly designed to be the death knell of the project that was simply and unequivocally destined to catapult the State into the 2ND largest income generating after Lagos within 5 years of Tinapa opening.
Rather, his partner and successor cancelled the special arrangement with Aero for 3 flights a week each from Abuja and Lagos to Bebi airstrip at Obudu, which ensured enough patronage that the envisioned price of accommodation quadrupled at the ranch and one would book six months in advance to get a room in any of the 259 cabins, only for him to realise his folly after 4-5 years and start begging corporations to return for festival, begging Aero to lease the State propeller planes to do one flight a week from Lag and Abj, after facilities had run down, and he had ruined, for then, the stellar chances of a people who had embraced the magnificent work and vision of his predecessor.
No wonder he’s still in the PDP …
Next to the word “Niggargerian”, meaning ‘ to be mean, and wicked, even to ones self’, in the dictionary, a picture of Liyel Imoke should be there.
Especially when i heard that he turned around and told someone in confidence that he never intended to wreck those projects but his wife had advised him that if they didn’t he would never get the credit for them and only Donald would …
All in all, we know he is typical of Nigerians, their Parties, politicians, and supporters and electorate, and after we do our best with this effort, setting up an alternative platform for national consideration by the sane few, we still have the mission to go back and complete the paradise of commonsense public commonwealth value and development-economic progress that was begun in ’99 in CRS.
WE WILL ACHIEVE IT AND BE PROUD OF THE HIGHEST PUBLIC-PRIVATE VALUE RATIOS IN THIS COUNTRY … WITH EASE!
Go to the villages, LGAs, Senatorial Districts, etc of all the presidential candidates and aspirants of the PDP and APC who had been in politics and govt for 40-50 years and you would not be comfortable to permit your dog to walk around freely in public for fear of devastating disease.
In Donald Duke’s, my cook and driver will come home and tell me they watched a performance sat on the grass in the park this evening, next to Tony Elumelu, the Austrian Ambassador, the head of the EU, World Bank, and UNICEF, and be off to play in their volleyball league in a park in their N80K per year rent area, which is the same as the park in my N1.2m per year area.
We know how difficult it is for the Niggargerian to understand the sanctity of Public Value and see his wretchedness and ask why he rushes off to spend his peanuts in enjoyment of European, American, and Asian public value …
We wish them the best of luck as they continue to huff and puff, proud that they wallow in their own faeces … just because they wear Rolex, drive G-wagon, and drink Crystal, ON TOP OF THE PILE OF DECOMPOSING poo!