Ex-governor of Akwa Ibom Obong Victor Attah says feuds between governors and their successors is why states in the country are not making progress.
Attah said this in reaction to the the feud between ex-Governor Godswill Akpabio and the incumbent Udom Emmanuel.
Recall that Senator Akpabio had threatened to withdraw support for Emmanuel for reportedly abandoning projects in his constituency.
But Attah said such feuds are reasons why Lagos is far ahead of other states, stressing that continuity is what guarantees progress in the long run.
“I was quiet astonished because even if it is true that Udom Emmanuel has neglected or failed to complete some of Akpabio’s projects, I did not think that Akpabio would be the one to complain about a successor not completing the predecessor’s projects because of what happened during his tenure,” Attah told Vanguard.
“I want to rise completely above all of that and express my worry over what I see happening today in Rivers and even in Kano State. As an elder statesman and a leader, I want to do everything I possibly can to see that nobody brings that sort of situation into Akwa Ibom.
He added that, “Akwa Ibom is so fragmented; so divided- ethnic groups, cult groups, personality groups and so on. So, the first major thing that we must do, and I have taken it as a task, is to put Akwa Ibom back together so that we can develop that bond of unity, cohesion, and brotherhood that we know is the only thing that can help the state to grow and move forward.
“What I admire about Lagos is the fact that one governor comes, continues with what was started, and that is why Lagos is making the kind of progress that we are witnessing.”